Novak Djokovic: "Roger Federer’s performances at his age deserves every praise"

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Novak Djokovic: "Roger Federer’s performances at his age deserves every praise"

Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic woke up for one more week as the number one in the world, maintaining the persecution he has for the record that Roger Federer still holds. "Nole" reached 278 weeks in the position of honor, only 32 from the historical record.

In the first place is the Swiss Roger Federer, with a total of 310, being the only one who has been able to triple hundred weeks in the top. However, the 17-time Grand Slam champion expressed his admiration for Federer: “Roger Federer’s performances at his age deserves every praise,” Djokovic told the media in Belgrade on Tuesday.

"He enjoys himself playing, and such talent is rarely seen in the history of the sport. At the same time, I think he still has the highest ambitions when it comes to ATP world rankings and Grand Slam titles, and I think that the two of us (Djokovic and Nadal) are his biggest motivation to realise his goals.

The same goes for me, absolutely. The two of them, our matches and our fights, this is what additionally motivates me. I have been growing up with these guys and shaped them as much as they shaped me. In duels with them over the past 15 years, I grew into this kind of a tennis player”.

Djokovic and Federer have faced each other 50 times with Djokovic leading 27–23 (11–6 in Grand Slams). Djokovic leads 13–6 in finals. Their matches includes a record 17 Grand Slam matches, 5 of which were finals, plus a record 11 semifinals.

Federer dominated during their early matches, but Djokovic took over the lead in the head-to-head in 2016, thanks to a 21–10 record since 2011.