“I think I didn’t give Novak the respect he deserved,” Roger Federer makes massive claim on his relationship with Novak Djokovic

Federer and Djokovic had a complicated relationship on the tour.


“I think I didn’t give Novak the respect he deserved,” Roger Federer makes massive claim on his relationship with Novak Djokovic

Roger Federer Novak Djokovic (via Imago)

20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer has been on the tennis news even after his retirement recently. The Swiss Maestro was last seen making a wonderful speech for Dartmouth College graduates. However, his next appearance will be in the cinema screens, where his behind-the-scenes documentary ‘Federer: Last Twelve Days’ will be released.

Amazon has dropped a small video where Federer has spoken highly of his great rival, Novak Djokovic. The former World No.1 has made some bombshell comments about his relationship with the Serb.

Even though there was some hype around him, I wasn’t really fully convinced. I think I didn’t give Novak the respect he deserved because of his technical flaws. I felt like Novak had a very extreme forehand grip and his backhand for me wasn’t as fluid as it is nowadays. But then he ironed those things out super well and became an unbelievable monster of a player. 
Roger Federer said in his behind-the-scenes documentary

It has to be said that the Federer-Djokovic rivalry wasn’t loved as much by the media as the Federer-Nadal rivalry. The first episode of their lack of understanding was seen during Monte Carlo 2008, where the great Swiss lost his cool after Djokovic’s parents made a call from the stands and he told them to keep quiet.

The Djokovic camp has also made many sour comments about Federer. However, their relationship eventually turned softer in recent years with plenty of wholesome moments between the two. The two titans were also part of Team Europe in 2018 and also in Federer’s retirement tournament in the 2022 edition.

Roger Federer gives an iconic graduation speech at Dartmouth College

Tennis great Roger Federer attributed his success to “grit” and hard work, dismissing the notion that his tennis game was “effortless.” Speaking at Dartmouth College’s graduation ceremony last Sunday, the Swiss Maestro swapped his usual tennis attire for a robe to receive a Doctor of Humane Letters degree. He used this platform to address misconceptions about his career, emphasizing the hard work behind his seemingly effortless style.

Roger Federer Dartmouth
Roger Federer Dartmouth (via screengrab)

Federer, who retired from professional tennis in 2022, discussed his dislike for the term ‘retired’, preferring to say he has “graduated tennis” and is moving on to new endeavors. He shared three key lessons that have guided him through this transition: the myth of effortlessness, the importance of not dwelling on single points, and the recognition that life is bigger than tennis.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion elaborated on these lessons, explaining that his apparent ease on the court resulted from intense effort and dedication rather than innate talent alone. Federer noted that despite hard work, losses are inevitable, citing his memorable defeat to Rafael Nadal in the 2008 Wimbledon final. He stressed the importance of moving past each point and focusing on the present.

Federer concluded by reflecting on the broader perspective that life offers beyond tennis. He expressed excitement about the possibilities that come with leaving behind familiar territory and exploring new opportunities, encouraging graduates to embrace the excitement of their own transitions.

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