“Hard to see this day”: Novak Djokovic’s message to Federer about his retirement | tennis news

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Novak Djokovic shared a series of photos with Roger Federer.© Instagram

More than 24 hours after Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer announced his retirement, his longtime rival Novak Djokovic paid tribute to the man who was the first to win 20 Grand Slam titles. “Roger, it’s hard to see and put into words what we’ve shared in this sport together. More than a decade of incredible moments and fights to remember,” the Serbian star wrote in an Instagram post. . “Your career has set the tone for what it means to achieve excellence and lead with integrity and poise,” he added.

“Your career has set the tone for what it means to achieve excellence and lead with integrity and poise,” Djokovic continued.

“I know this new chapter will hold great things for you, Mirka, the kids, all your loved ones, and Roger fans still have a lot to look forward to,” he wrote, before wishing Federer and his family “a lot of joy.” health and prosperity in the future”.

Federer announced via social media on Thursday that the Laver Cup will be his last professional tournament later this month.

Federer won his first Grand Slam in 2003 when he won the Wimbledon title. Since then, he has won 6 Australian Opens, 1 French Open, 8 Wimbledon and 5 US Open titles.

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Only Rafael Nadal, with 22 Grand Slam titles, and Djokovic, with 21, have won more than the Swiss superpower.

The 41-year-old last played a professional game at Wimbledon last year and has since been out due to surgery and recovery.

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