We cannot enter into war against Roger Federer, says ATP Member

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We cannot enter into war against Roger Federer, says ATP Member

In an interview with Tennisnet, Vienna Open Tournament Director Herwig Straka spoke about the Davis Cup Finals possibly taking place during the same week as the Laver Cup in late September. Straka said: "It would definitely mean war with Roger Federer.

As long as I know, Federer will not skip that event. As a member of the ATP Council, I can say we are already working with the ITF. Because it's pretty clear that we cannot keep two big team competitions in the long term.

I think the first week is the best. Even if it may look strange that the year starts with a team event. But it's the only time of the year where the players are available and they enjoy playing." Asked if Dominic Thiem will play the Davis Cup Finals in Madrid next year, Straka replied: "Dominic would definitely be there.

If we look at the schedule, it will be difficult to compete against Uruguay. If there is a way, he will play. Our plan is to play a low amount of events and Acapulco is one of the events that is a victim of it." Meanwhile Janko Tipsarevic praised Novak Djokovic: "Novak is the greatest player ever.

It's not that I am saying crazy things but it's very important that players look at the statistics of the last decade: who did what, who won the most amount of titles. Roger holds the Grand Slam titles record so far, followed by Nadal, and then there is Novak.

But I played against everyone and I know who is the best. With all the respect to Nadal and Federer... In a given match, Djokovic is the greatest player ever. I think in the next three or four years Novak will overcome the two and will be recognized as the greatest around the world."