Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic paid some great tributes to Radek Stepanek on his farewell to tennis during an exhibition event held at the O2 Arena in Prague on Thursday. Djokovic played with Stepanek, Tommy Haas and Leander Paes, while Andre Agassi was there as spectator.
Federer and Nadal instead sent a video message to the 39-year-old Czech. 'I want to congratulate you on a wonderful career and wish you all the best for what’s to come. Well done for everything you’ve done', said the Swiss.
Nadal stated: 'It’s been a pleasure to share with you some great moments on tour. There has been some great battles (between us) and I just wanted to wish you all the best for the future.' Djokovic worked with Stepanek for a few months earlier this year, and despite their split, the relationship between them is as stronger as ever.
'Radek I truly love you as a friend, as a college, as a mentor and as a brother from another mother', the Serb said. 'This man here deserves everything he received. He deserves it because he is a wonderful human, an incredible tennis player that has had a wonderful career.
And, he has done a lot for the Czech republic. I’ve had him in every role of my of my life, but I have him in the most important role which is as a friend and someone that I truly love and respect. I want to congratulate you on a wonderful career and wish you all the best for what’s to come.
Well done for everything you’ve done.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title