Roger Federer And Novak Djokovic Meet On Burj Al Arab’s Helipad [Video]
by Tom Gainey | February 26th, 2012, 1:14 pm

Two of the greats in tennis, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, met of all places on the helipad at the Burj Al Arab in Dubai on Sunday.

Federer and Djokovic have combined to win seven Dubai titles, and the two commemorated the 20th anniversary of the tournament by making themselves available to the media during a press conference and chat session that reached new heights.

“Novak was the best of the bunch in Dubai last year and it was great to see,” Federer said. “I can only tip my hat to him and I expect him to be really tough as the year goes on.”

Said Djokovic, “Roger has been such an iconic player, he was revolutionary in some ways, he’s changed the game and because of him this game is what it is at this moment.”

Djokovic, seeking a fourth straight title, is the top seed in the tournament that begins Monday. Federer is seeded second.

Djokovic will play his first round Monday against Stebe, Federer will play Llodra on Tuesday.

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10 Comments for Roger Federer And Novak Djokovic Meet On Burj Al Arab’s Helipad [Video]

jane Says:

Oops, posted those quotes and the ATP link on the other thread. Anyhow I didn’t realize the Dubai event is already 20 years old. Cool video, but scary high! And why is there no railing!? LOL. Fed may be 30 but he still looks like a kid. :)

alison hodge Says:

this was a great video,but i have to say i felt nervous watching them all that way up with no railing,roger went for the casual look,although nothing wrong with that,i have to say god nole looked handsome,something about black trousers and a white shirt together,clothes maketh the man as they say,just love it when a man dresses smart.

Michael Says:

It is good to see these players respect each other. Novak has great respect for Champions like Roger and Nadal. He is trying to emulate them and set an example. Novak too is a true Champion. Indeed the Tennis World is blessed with this quarret.

alison hodge Says:

michael nice to see you say this about novak,but also nice when you include roger and roger and rafa in there too,as i get the impression sometimes by your posts that your not overly keen on rafa,maybe thats just me though,sorry if it is.

jamie Says:

This reminds me of 2005 in Dubai. Replace 2005 Federer with 2012 Djokovic and 2005 Agassi with 2012 Federer.

Michael Says:


To make it very clear once again. I have the greatest respect towards Rafa. It is only when some individuals in this forum try to discredit Roger by constantly highlighting the H2H that I try to enter into the discussion and by some sway of emotions discredit Rafa which is not intentional by the way. I know it is intense competition which makes Tennis interesting. It is terribly boring to see only one player win everything and dominate. Nadal challenged Roger’s dominance and now we have Novak challenging Nadal. It is this which makes Tennis interesting. Tomorrow who knows may be Murray will be challenging the dominance of Novak. We can never say things for sure.

alison hodge Says:

michael sorry i apologize,its just the way you come across sometimes,at times you have been very complimentary about novak and roger,nothing wrong with that as i love and admire them too,and rush forward to defend them when when posters like mark and the other michael attack them,again nothing wrong with that either, yet you seem to struggle to give rafa any credit,saying he was lucky in this match,lucky in that match,on the indian wells thread you defended novak,yet why didnt you defend rafa on the same thread when posters like subo and jamie called him a phoney ass picking doper,and a poster called novak the king,accused rafa of doing everything he could to fix the draw for himself,but maybe im getting my wires crossed.

tennisfan Says:

Go Roger! Roger Federer & His Secret of Success?

Michael Says:


No mention. In the other thread, I clearly stated that in the Australian Open finals, Novak was clearly the better player and Rafa was lucky to have extended the match. I mentioned this only when some stated Novak was lucky to have won the match when Nadal was leading 4-2 in the final set. I said that eventhough it was the case and Novak was lucky, it was not just one way and Novak too had his chances (I would say too many) in the fifth and in the first and fourth sets too. Therefore to claim only that Rafa was unlucky in the match is spurious. Similarly, I also mentioned that Indian Wells and Miami were too close to call and could have gone either way which implicitly means that Novak was lucky to have won those matches. In Tennis especially in this high level, you need luck to win matches. Regarding your charge that I didn’t care to respond to Subo and Jamie, I have said and repeated many times in this forum that irrespective of the differences we may have in our opinion, we should take utmost care in not insulting Champions and it applies in all cases. Too many fans of players get emotional and take it on a personal level which should be avoided. We shouldn’t be arm chair critic.

jamie Says:

Psychic Predictions for 2012:

AO: Djokovic(duh)

FO: Nadal

Wimbledon: Murray

Olympics: Federer

USO: Djokovic

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