Ahead of his return to tennis after 14 months, Roger Federer heaped praise on his rivals for what they have done the last few years in the sport.
Combined, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have won 10 of the last 11 Grand Slam events.
Nadal is now even with Federer at 20 all-time Slams while Djokovic is now with two. And Federer is impressed instead of being concerned his records will fall.
“What Novak and Rafa have done, as of late, is extraordinary,” said Federer in Doha. “They are not 25 either. They are able to back it up. Novak did it again in Australia and Rafa again did it at Roland Garros. They seem at their peak which is great for tennis and it is great for the debate. My concern is more my own game, my own health over the record, to be honest.
“I think for them, maybe this is bigger than for me at this moment because for me, it was very important the closer I was getting to Pete Sampras’ record,” he said. “Once you have it, you try to do your best and that is what I tried to do. But for them, maybe I am the measuring stick like Pete was for me.
“I am in a different situation but sure, you like to keep every record. But all the records are there to be broken. The guys are unreal, we all know that. I hope they keep on going. I hope they can do everything they possibly want and that they look back with no regrets,” he added. “We want to leave the game with no regrets and I think, from that standpoint, we all sleep very well at night.”
Djokovic will also officially pass Federer for total weeks at No. 1 tomorrow.
The Swiss will return to the court either Tuesday or Wednesday in Doha against the Jeremy Chardy-Dan Evans winner.
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