Roger Federer: 'I lost my voice from screaming and supporting the team'

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Roger Federer: 'I lost my voice from screaming and supporting the team'

Novak Djokovic says he has "tremendous respect" for Roger Federer and underscored the impact the former 20-time Grand Slam champion had on tennis. Djokovic, a 21-time Grand Slam champion, participated in Federer's farewell at the Laver Cup.

Federer was one of Djokovic's biggest rivals, but the Serb has nothing but a high level of respect and admiration for the Swiss. "I have great respect for him," Djokovic said of Federer, according to Sportskeeda.

Everything he has brought to our sport, on and off the pitch, has been an epic career. A career you can be proud of. He has left a legacy and a mark that will be eternal, really, for our sport. He has transcended tennis. He is one of the most recognized athletes of all time.

It's a sad moment for tennis to see Roger say goodbye." Djokovic, 35, remains very healthy and exceptionally fit. But witnessing Federer's retirement made Djokovic think about the day he will say goodbye to the game.

"I must say that he was also thinking about how he would see me when he said goodbye to tennis," Djokovic said. "There is definitely one thing that I would wish for, apart from of course having my family and close people in my life, I would love to have my biggest rivals and competitors there.

It added something more special and more important to that."

Federer opens up on his retirement

Roger Federer claimed he would "never forget" Nadal making himself available despite the fact that he was not fully fit and also wanted to be with his wife, who is close to giving birth to their first child.

"It showed again how much we mean to one another and how much respect we have. And I just thought it would be just a beautiful, amazing story for us, for sports, for tennis, and maybe beyond that as well, where we can coexist in a tough rivalry and come out on top and show that, hey, again it’s just tennis," Federer said.

"I think I feel complete. I lost my last singles match. I lost my last doubles match. I lost my voice from screaming and supporting the team. I lost the last time as a team. I lost my job, but I’m very happy. I’m good.

I’m really good. That’s the ironic part, is everybody thinks about happy fairy-tale endings, you know? And for me, actually it ended up being that but in a way that I never thought was going to happen," he said.