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Novak Djokovic ponders who will cry at his retirement as tennis star vows to…

Novak Djokovic has looked ahead to his eventual retirement after reassuring fans that it was a long way away. The world No 7 recently joined Roger Federer for the Swiss star’s retirement and has been pondering the eventual end of his own career, admitting his mum will be the one to cry the most.

Djokovic joined Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray at the recent Laver Cup as the trio waved goodbye to the career of their fellow Big Four rival Federer. The 41-year-old had his last dance at London’s O2 Arena after being sidelined with his ongoing right knee injury for more than a year before ending his professional career.

The Serb then flew to Tel Aviv for the ATP 250 event, waving off good friend and former doubles partner Jonathan Erlich as the 45-year-old ended his career days later. After being surrounded by retiring players, the 35-year-old has now been pondering his own and was asked who would cry the most after getting emotional at both Federer and Erlich’s farewells.

“My mother for sure,” he admitted. The 21-time Grand Slam champion was also quick to reassure fans that he wasn’t thinking about ending his career anytime soon despite all the recent talk of retirement.
Djokovic added: “I’m not close to retirement, I don’t want to think too much about it.” But the former world No 1 admitted he had taken something from Federer’s retirement, doubling-down on his recent comment that he would like to follow in the 103-time title winner’s footsteps and be joined by his biggest rivals when the day came.

“Roger had a beautiful send-off at the Laver Cup in London. We were all there, with his family, to say goodbye to him at a magnificent event in a magnificent arena,” he explained.
“It must have been special for him and there is no doubt that he deserved it. One thing I know is that I will definitely want my great rivals to come and say goodbye to me.”

Djokovic had made a similar comment when he first arrived in Tel Aviv for the tournament, saying: “I would love to have my biggest rivals and competitors there. Because it added something more special, added more importance to that moment.”

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