Roger Federer still has a great level of respect for his two biggest rivals as the Swiss tennis icon is rooting for Rafael Nadal to make a strong return in 2024 and he is also wishing Novak Djokovic to continue playing at a high level.
For nearly two decades, Federer was competing against Nadal and Djokovic for the biggest titles and the greatest accomplishments in tennis. But after dealing with knee issues for a couple of years, Federer retired from pro tennis last year.
On the other side, 37-year-old Nadal didn't play any tournaments after the 2023 Australian Open but he is set to return at the start of the 2024 season. Meanwhile, 36-year-old Djokovic won three Grand Slams and he is still ranked at No 1 in the world.
Federer's wish for Nadal, Djokovic
“I was really happy and fortunate to play against them almost 40 to 50 times each so I have a lot of memories from a lot of great matches, battles. I have answered questions about them so many times and I can only say the best things about them.
It has been great to share the court with them for so many years. I hope that Rafa can come back very strong next year and I hope that Novak can keep on playing as long as he wants as it is good for the game to have these guys still in the game," Federer said during a recent sponsorship interview, via Tennis365.
In 2024, tennis could lose another Big Three member. After previously revealing his plans to retire in 2024, Nadal confirmed this week that his retirement will indeed likely come next year. However, Nadal didn't fully shut the doors on potentially playing beyond 2024 but for that to happen the Spaniard must avoid injuries and setbacks next season. While Nadal will likely be retiring in 2024, Djokovic seems like someone who has a few more years left in pro tennis.