Novak Djokovic has delivered a classy tribute to former rival Roger Federer after the world No.4’s barnstorming quarterfinal win over Andrey Rublev.
In his post-match interview with Jim Courier, Djokovic was asked about his first major semi-final, which he won at the 2007 US Open before losing in the final to Federer.
As Djokovic mentioned Federer, the crowd erupted into applause, with Djokovic then adding: “Lets give a big round of applause to Roger guys, lets go!”
“He deserves it. I had some great battles with Roger over the years that’s for sure.
“Tennis misses him for sure. I’ve seen him dressing up very sharply for fashion week, I saw him the other day (on social media).”
Federer also posted a video of himself skiing and enjoying life post-retirement, with Courier asking Djokovic if he’d seen that post too.
“Yeah, I‘ve seen him skiing. I want to challenge him to a little skiing race in few years time,” Djokovic, who was a skier even before he first picked up a tennis racquet, said.
“But yeah, he‘s enjoying life for sure. It’s nice to see that.
“Obviously for tennis, he’s been one of the most important players ever to play the game. So, big regards to him and his family.”