Novak Djokovic on Wednesday applauded fellow tennis great Roger Federer following his Australian Open quarterfinal win. The Serb said that “tennis misses him”.
Federer announced his decision to retire from tennis in September, after confirming that his recovery from right knee surgery, in 2021.
But Djokovic has paid an emotional tribute to the Swiss legend after Federer announced his retirement from tennis.
“Let us give him a big round of applause, to Roger, guys. He deserves it! I had some great battles over the years with Roger, that is for sure. Tennis misses him, for sure.” Djokovic said.
“I have seen him dressing up very sharply for [Paris] Fashion Week the other day!
“I have seen him skiing. I want to challenge him for a little skiing race in a few years’ time. But, yeah, he is enjoying life, for sure, it is nice to see that.
“Obviously for tennis, he has been one of the most important players ever to play the game. So, big regards to his family.” Djokovic added.
The nine-time champion beat Andrey Rublev 6-1 6-2 6-4 to reach Australian Open semifinals on Rod Laver Arena.
“I cannot be happier with my tennis. I’ve been playing very solid. I love playing in these conditions, on this court. Overall I think the scoreline in the first two sets doesn’t speak the truth of the match.” Djokovic said.
“Andrey [Rublev] is a great player. All the important moments and the important shots, I found my best tennis, so that’s what I’m most pleased about tonight.”
Djokovic is currently competing at the Australian Open, the season’s first Grand Slam. The 35-year-old on Friday will face unseeded American Tommy Paul in the semifinals.
He last captured the trophy in 2021 and will be aiming for his 10th title at the hardcourt Major.