As the two compete for GOAT status, Novak Djokovic sends Roger Federer a retirement message.
On the occasion of the Swiss Maestro’s 40th birthday, Novak Djokovic wished his rival a happy birthday. As Roger Federer recovers from a knee injury, speculation about his retirements continues to circulate.
On Roger Federer’s 40th birthday, Novak Djokovic sent him a message.
The Serb appeared in an ATP video in which players wished the Swiss Maestro a happy birthday.
“Hey Roger, happy 40th birthday, wow, what a milestone,” he exclaimed to his famous competitor.
“You continue to inspire and thrive on and off the court, and you continue to inspire all of us.”
However, as he continued, Novak acknowledged his great competitor for his accomplishments to tennis, implying that he might retire.
He went on to say, “It’s been a big honor to share the tennis court and tennis circuit with you for the previous 15 years.”
“I hope you can continue to play; the sport, of course, needs you, and I appreciate everything you’ve done.
“Thank you for demonstrating that even at that age, we can continue to play at a very good level, best wishes.” Thank you once more for everything.”
Federer has wowed tennis fans around the world for nearly 20 years, and suspicions that he could retire soon grew after a straight sets loss in the Wimbledon quarter-finals last month.
Federer was bagelled 6-3 7-6(4) 6-0 by Hubert Hurkacz, the 14th seed, marking the first time Federer has been bagelled at the All England Club, and the second time this century, following a loss to Nadal at Roland Garros in 2008.
The 20-time grand slam champion has remained tight-lipped about when he might call it a day, and it’s uncertain when he’ll be back on the court.
The world number nine withdrew from the forthcoming Masters 1000 tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati last week, putting his appearance at the US Open in jeopardy.
The withdrawal of the Swiss legend was confirmed by Tennis Canada and the Western and Southern Opens last week.
Federer, who has been off the circuit since last year’s Australian Open and has had two knee surgeries in 2020, has withdrawn from the US Open Series events due to a persistent knee issue.
He has only competed in five events this year, with his greatest performances coming in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon and Doha.
Djokovic, the world number one, had previously withdrawn from this week’s National. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”