Legendary tennis icon Roger Federer extended his best wishes to his former rivals Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal as the 2024 season nears.
Federer competed with the two throughout the last two decades and formed “The Big Three” in tennis that dominated the world for about two decades.
The Swiss has nothing but great respect for his ex-rivals and he wished them good luck in their upcoming challenges on the court.
“I was really happy and fortunate to play against them almost 40 to 50 times each so I have a lot of memories from a lot of great matches, battles,” Federer said in a recent sponsorship interview.
“I have answered questions about them so many times and I can only say the best things about them. It has been great to share the court with them for so many years.
“I hope that Rafa can come back very strong next year and I hope that Novak can keep on playing as long as he wants as it is good for the game to have these guys still in the game.”
Djokovic leads the Grand Slam race with a whopping 24 titles to his name, he is followed closely by Nadal who has 22, while Federer retired with 20 Majors.
The Serb also dominated the 2023 tennis season where he won the Australian Open, French Open, and the US Open. The 36-year-old also claimed the ATP Finals event.
The dust has started to settle on the 2023 season as the 2024 season is set to begin, which is likely to be Nadal’s last season as the Spaniard plans to retire soon.
On the other hand, Djokovic has no plan to stop anytime and he would be looking forward to extending his Grand Slam tally as the Serb is still in perfect shape.
Nadal will be seen competing on the court for the first since January 2023 where he suffered an injury that kept him out for almost a year.