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Novak Djokovic lauds retiring Roger Federer’s ‘integrity and poise’

Novak Djokovic, left, and Roger Federer faced each other in three Wimbledon finals (Mike Egerton/PA)
Novak Djokovic, left, and Roger Federer faced each other in three Wimbledon finals (Mike Egerton/PA)

Novak Djokovic paid tribute to Roger Federer’s “integrity and poise” following the announcement of his impending retirement.

Federer revealed on Thursday that he will call time on his professional career at the age of 41 after next week’s Laver Cup in London.

Djokovic will also be part of Team Europe at The O2, with the big four of the Serb, Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray reuniting one last time.

Federer and Djokovic faced each other 50 times between 2006 and 2020, including in five grand-slam finals, and the latter wrote on Instagram: “Roger it’s hard to see this day and put into words all that we’ve shared in this sport together.

“Over a decade of incredible moments and battles to think back on. Your career has set the tone for what it means to achieve excellence and lead with integrity and poise.

“It’s an honour to know you on and off court, and for many more years to come. I know that this new chapter will hold amazing things for you, Mirka, the kids, all your loved ones, and Roger fans still have a lot to look forward to.

“From our family to yours, we wish you much joy, health, and prosperity in the future. Looking forward to celebrating your achievements and seeing you in London.”