Novak Djokovic said he wants his biggest rivals to be by his side when he brings the curtain down on his career, much like Roger Federer’s emotional goodbye to the game last week.
Images of Federer and Rafael Nadal — who shared one of tennis’s most enthralling rivalries — sitting together and crying after combining in a Laver Cup doubles defeat at London’s O2 Arena on Friday went viral on social media.
Djokovic and Andy Murray— two of Federer’s other main rivals — were also present for the 41-year-old’s final bow.
“It was just a very touching, very emotional moment,” Djokovic told reporters on Tuesday in Tel Aviv, where he will play an ATP 250 event this week.
“Seeing his kids and his family, it got me emotional as well.I also must say I was thinking about how it would Roger-like adieu Novak’s dream look for me when I say goodbye to tennis.“There is definitely one thing that I will wish to have, other than, of course, my family and the close people in my life, I would love to have my biggest rivals and competitors there.
“Because it added something more special, added more importance to that moment.”The 35-year-old, who is one major title behind Nadal’srecord of 22, said the Spaniard remains his biggest rival.