21-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic penned a heartfelt note for his rival on the court Roger Federer who announced retirement from professional tennis on September 15 (Thursday). In his social media post, Djokovic shared about the impact Federer made on the tennis fraternity and his own game by achieving several milestones over an illustrious 24-year-old career.
During his announcement, Federer cleared the air that he will hang up his boots after participating in the Laver Cup, starting September 23 in London. Interestingly, Federer along with Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Andy Murray will be once again in action as they will team up for Team Europe in the competition. Djokovic took to social media on Friday and posted a long farewell note for Federer stating how hard it is to see and witness his favorite player leave the game forever.
"Roger it’s hard to see this day and put into words all that we have shared in this sport together. Over a decade of incredible moments and battles to think back on," wrote Djokovic. The Serb further mentioned that the Federer's unparallel achievement has defined new benchmark for the players and his integrity and poise has been a source of massive motivation for all the aspiring tennis players in the world.
"I know this new chapter will bring amazing things for you, Mirka, the kids, all your loved ones and Roger fans still have a lot to look forward to. From our family to yours, we wish you much joy, health and prosperity in the future. Looking forward to celebrating your achievements and seeing you in London," Djokovic added.
Notably, both the players shared a great rivalry as the two faced each other as many as 50 times on the tour with the Serb holding the edge with 27 victories. Another legend of the game Rafael Nadal too expressed his emotions via a social media post and stated that it was 'a sad' moment for him when he got to know about Federer's decision.