Novak Djokovic: Roger Federer is probably the best tennis player ever



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Novak Djokovic: Roger Federer is probably the best tennis player ever

Novak Djokovic praised Roger Federer during the Cincinnati final prize ceremony on Sunday. Just after lifting the trophy for the first time in his career, the 31-year-old Serbian player said: 'This is obviously a special moment for me, standing here with a trophy at Cincinnati.

Most of the finals here I lost to this great man [Federer], so thank you for letting me win here for once! It was a tough match, maybe Roger didn’t feel his best but he’s a great champion and probably the best ever to play so it’s always a please to share the court with him.

I want to thank my team and family for their support. In the hard times, they were there for me. It seems unreal to be back at this level.’ Meanwhile, the former world No. 4 Greg Rusedski spoke highly of Djokovic. 'He had to do it the hard way getting to the final as well as playing one extra match.

He has shown us a lot of determination and you could see by the celebrations what it meant to him to hold all nine Masters Series title - what an incredible feat. It is not Nadal or Federer but Djokovic. He was my pick for the US Open and it makes me even more convinced he is going to win his second major this year.' Both will head into the US Open full of confidence, ready for another magical run.

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