Federer has won everything a tennis player can win and he keeps coming back for more,” Djokovic said.
LONDON: The relationship between tennis’ top guns is built on respect. Friendship, expectedly, has nothing to do with it!In Geneva in September 2006, Roger Federerhad come down hard on Novak Djokovic because he thought the Serb had called the trainer on court for no obvious reason during a Davis Cup five-set match against his friend and countryman Stanislas Wawrinka.On Wednesday, Federer first chided the media for bringing up the issue before going on to say, “We had a quick chat about the incident a little later in Madrid and things have since been cool between us. I’ve always respected him. Have I gone out for dinner with him? No.”
The 25-year-old World No. 1 was quick to repay the compliment. “The success that Roger has had over seven-eight years says enough. He has won the most number of Grand Slams in history. He’s probably rated as the best player ever. He has won everything a tennis player can win and he keeps coming back for more,” Djokovic said, “He has great respect from me and all the players. There’s no question about that. But we are all rivals, all of us are opponents. I don’t think about his history or his success too much when I am on the court. I just want to beat him to win the match.”