Roger Federer believes the doubles combo with Novak Djokovic at this year’s Laver Cup won’t change their desires to beat each other in professional singles matches.
In a press conference at the Laver Cup, Federer said: “Most people worry about the rivalry after this, because they think you’re going to go on vacation together.
“I think the rivalry will remain strong, as well. I want to beat Novak next time I play him and I think vice versa, too. You want to beat the best, and that’s why I think we are both still on tour. I do believe, you know, me helping out his Foundation, maybe down the road there are also more things to do on that front.
“Just spending time together like this is definitely a good thing for our relationship, no doubt.”
Djokovic feels admiration for Federer, both tennis-wise and on a human level. They got to know better and more each other last week at the Laver Cup – played doubles together on Friday – and Djokovic loved this experience.
“We always have plenty of respect for each other”, the 31-year-old said. “I think that’s the most important thing. Of course, that relationship will be strengthened. I think we got to know each other. We haven’t had this kind of opportunities over the last decade to sit down and talk.”