Novak Djokovic banters with Roger Federer recalling the 2019 Wimbledon finals as their toughest encounter

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer indulge in funny banter recalling the toughest battles ahead of Roger Federer's farewell at Laver Cup.

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer
Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer
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Roger Federer, the former World number 1, who is regarded as one of the greatest athletes in the world will be playing his farewell match at the Laver Cup. Federer will play in the doubles category for the very final time along with Rafael Nadal on the first day of the 3-day tournament.

Novak Djokovic, the 21-time Grand Slam champion upon being asked to pick his first memory about the toughest battles with Federer was quick to reply with his memory of the US Open finals in 2007 which instilled the qualities of self-belief in him despite losing.

Federer responded to the Serbian’s humility and it was followed by a funny banter between both the champions that left everyone in splits. But Djokovic funnily picked his favorite as the finals of 2019 where he had defeated Federer in an epic five-setter match even though he was a few points away from losing.

Federer laughed out loud and gave a hilarious reply adding a light bit of drama saying “What happened? I’ve blocked it out“. Novak Djokovic is playing for the very first time at the Laver Cup in Team Europe and is quite excited to be part of Federer’s farewell. The last time they both meet was in the semi-final clash at the Australian Open in 2020 where the Serbian won the match and later went on to his record eight titles in Australia.

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Roger Federer tactfully dodges talking about his defeat to Novak Djokovic in the 2019 Wimbledon finals

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer
Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer

The rivalry between Federer and Djokovic is one of the most eminent battles but this time, it will be about playing on the same side of the court. Djokovic and Federer faced each other 50 times, with Djokovic leading the head-to-head 27–23, including 13–6 in the finals encounter. They played 17 matches at majors with Djokovic leading 11–6, five of which were in finals and a record 11 times in the semifinals.

Djokovic is the only player to defeat Federer at all four majors, and likewise, Federer is the only player to defeat Djokovic at each one. Federer hasn’t played a single match since his quarter-final loss at Wimbledon in 2021. The Swiss maestro will be the first one out of the Big-3 to draw curtains on his career that lasted 24 long years.

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