Roger Federer praises Nadal, Djokovic, and self for giving time to fans


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Roger Federer praises Nadal, Djokovic, and self for giving time to fans

Roger Federer spoke about how important it is to spend time for fans who constantly ask for autographs and selfies. The Basel native said: "I think Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic and everybody at the top actually is doing a really nice job, you know, always interacting with the fans and giving them the time.

It is important to me. It's always been. And same for the charitable work. I think we have a unique opportunity (of) being successful tennis players. We can inspire, can mobilize, we can give back, can help. Why not do it if you can, you know.

It would be a wasted opportunity if you didn't." Speaking of Andy Murray's return to competition, Federer added: "Yeah, I'm just relieved that he's in the place he is right now, because like you said, I saw him after the Bautista match, because I finished my match, I don't know who I played, but he played that five-setter against him.

I saw him in the locker room, and just out of personal interest, I asked him, What's up? Is that it? Are you going? Sorry to ask you, but I kind of want to know and I think people want to know. He's, like, I don't know.

And I know that what I said I said, but I think he just wanted to get better for his life in general. So I think that's been achieved, No. 1. So I think that's the priority there. And No. 2, that he's getting a shot again to be on the tour, see how far he can go, and how deep he can go at tournaments I think is super exciting for the tour, for us players, because he's very much a guy we like and respect a lot, you know.

Doesn't have enemies, you know. We need guys like him who also led by example with hard work and toughness and fairness and so forth. I love seeing Andy back. I feel also he's, like, playing better and better, which is going to be great.

I think I'm going to play him at the ATP Cup maybe first match of the season, too, if I'm not mistaken. That should be fun. Yeah, I'm happy. I'm happy for Andy."