Federer Wants To Beat Djokovic Next Time

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.”

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