Novak Djokovic wants rival Roger Federer to be fully healthy and recover from his injury soon saying that the Swiss Maestro is “very important” to their sport.
The Serbian pro, who is currently the World No. 1, is considered the best threat to beat Federer’s record of 17 Grand Slam titles and is playing in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships this week.
“I’m not pleased to hear what happened to him. I hope he recovers fast, because we are not used to seeing him injured. He’s very fit, and he plays very well throughout the entire year. He’s very important for our sport. He’s most successful player of this tournament. So for sure the tournament will miss him,” Djokovic said via Tennis X.
Djokovic admitted that his preparations remained the same for the Dubai tournament even without his rival Federer.
“Again, that doesn’t change much in the way I approach this tournament. I will try to go as far as I can, you know, even with him not playing here,” Djokovic added after his first round win in Dubai.
“Obviously playing first match in three weeks, different conditions. But everything went well. You know, very few things went wrong. I was putting constant pressure on his serve. I returned very, very well. Served solid and was aggressive from back of the court. I cannot be happier with this performance.”
The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships is set from Feb. 15 to 27.
Djokovic is playing in his first tournament since winning the 2016 Australian Open. In the first two rounds in Dubai, he beat Tommy Robredo, 6-1 6-2 and Malek Jaziri, 6-1 6-2 to advance to the quarterfinals. He will meet Feliciano Lopez in the next round.
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