Novak Djokovic, the 21-time Grand Slam singles champion played his first match at the Laver Cup after his triumph in Wimbledon since he couldn’t play in the hard-court season due to his unvaccinated status. The 2022 Laver Cup has been monumental since it marked the farewell tournament of Roger Federer.
Being the witness to Roger Federer’s retirement, Novak Djokovic revealed how he thought of his retirement day and envisioned being with his biggest rivals on the farewell day. He said, “There is definitely one thing I would wish is that other than having my family and the people closest to me in my life there, I would love to have my biggest rivals there because it was something special and added importance to that moment.“
Novak Djokovic also got emotional during the final goodbye night of Federer keeping aside his rivalry. He wished to have a similar send-off as the Swiss maestro. He added, “When I was on the court as well seeing his kids and his family, it got me emotional“.The Swiss maestro bid adieu to the sport on the first day and received an emotional goodbye from his teammates and the whole O2 Arena crying.
“He has transcended the sport” Novak Djokovic on Roger Federer’s contribution
Novak Djokovic played in two singles matches and one doubles match at the Laver Cup. He talked about Federer‘s impeccable contribution to the sport and the legacy he leaves behind. He said “It has been an epic career. He has left a legacy and mark that will be eternal. Roger transcended sport. He is one of the most recognized athletes of all time.“
He started off with a win against Frances Tiafoe in the singles match followed by his win in his doubles match with Matteo Berrettini against Jack Sock and Alex de Minaur to take Team Europe with a lead of 8-4 after the end of Day 2. But the Serbian lost his singles match against Felix Auger Aliassime on the final day. He complained of a wrist injury post the match that had been bothering him for a few days and got aggravated due to the matches.
Novak Djokovic will next play at the Tel Aviv tournament in Isreal that is scheduled between 25th September-2nd of October.