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Djokovic on Federer: Difficult to be friends

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have never been the best of friends. You have gained so much both of you, not even the biggest rivals. Although the Serb has already won 15 Grand Slam trophies and is the clear number 1, he stands in terms of success and popularity is still behind the Swiss (20 Majors) and his stubborn Challenger, Rafael Nadal (17). Perhaps the root of the problem lies in the fact.

Meanwhile, Djokovic is the President of the ATP Spielerrats, the clear number 1 and is considered to be a driving force in the deselection of the popular ATP President Chris Kermode, the it was decided at the beginning of the month in Indian Wells. Because at the Californian Masters tournament, Federer and Nadal were rather behind Kermode and complained that they had not been consulted, there was a gap between them, and Djokovic, who professes to want only the Best for the players.

While Nadal in Miami due to a knee injury, is missing, tried to Federer and Djokovic on Wednesday in the South Florida, in front of the media, strikingly, to smooth the waters. The Swiss had been tried in California, to speak with Djokovic in person. That failed in the forward plan of the Serbs to understand what Federer as "hard", but understandable had prized. After Djokovic failed in Indian Wells early to Kohlschreiber, he complained in an Instagram Post, he had to be very distracting, and his Routine is neglected.

Under the microscope

This he could understand, says Federer in Miami. He has over Djokovic no grudge. "In our relationship is interpreted very much into it. And I understand that he should have been distracted in Indian Wells. I served as President of the ATP Spielerrats occasionally. If you have six to eleven o'clock in the evening Meetings, is not the ideal preparation for a tournament, like if you're at the Pool and then relaxed with some food to go."

images: Djokovic, on the dock

Federer believes that the relationship between him and Djokovic is partially displayed incorrectly. "When you live under the microscope like he or I, you can't do everything right, and has not for all time." Their most recent Meeting, on Wednesday at the inauguration of the tennis complex at the rock stadium, Miami, was positive. "We were talking normal to each other, gave us the Hand. I don't see that there is a Problem here." It is important that the Welfare of the tennis tour standing in the center. "But it is difficult to do the Right thing. Everyone has their own views."

Enough energy

chasing Djokovic, says Federer. "But what I still would like to: What is his idea of a perfect Tour? If he has time, he can tell me." Otherwise, he could get this information but in a different way, "because it is not easy to catch him". Based on the findings of Indian Wells, Djokovic does not want to fizzle out further energy with this theme, so Federer.

Djokovic was in Miami trying, to Federer and Nadal soothing tones to strike. On the question of this newspaper, whether his relationship with the Swiss have suffered after Indian Wells, and tensions were palpable, he said: "no. I met him at the opening ceremony on the Court, and we had a normal conversation. We had no time to discuss political things, but hopefully we can find this in the next few days." Federer and Nadal were "icons of our Sport, and your opinion is important for everyone".

The world ranking list and winner of the last three Grand Slam tournaments then invited the representatives of the media in Miami to Fairness: "It is not necessary to create tension or division between us. On the contrary, I have a good relationship with both (Federer and Nadal). We will respect us, even though we are rivals and, therefore, it is difficult to be friends." And anyway, he welcome the diversity of opinion in the Tennis . Although evil tongues blasphemed immediately: as long as the crackers. (Editorial Tamedia)

Created: 22.03.2019, 11:10 PM

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