In an interview during the Australian Open men’s draw, Roger Federer commented on one of the funniest 2018 Laver Cup moments, when Novak Djokovic hit the Swiss player’s back during a doubles match.
Re-looking at the video, Federer joked: ‘He apologised but I never accepted this. Actually two points later, Jack (Sock) got him straight in the chest, that was crazy. But what a reaction by Novak, I love this reaction.
He knows he should have not done that.’ Coming back to more serious topics, Federer said he had some great training in December in Dubai: ‘In the off-season I felt great, didn’t miss any session in the fitness and on the tennis court.
When I went to Perth I was feeling good but you never know if you are gonna translate that into victories on the court and I played great in singles and in mixed as well. It was a great event and I played some great tennis.
It was great fun, I loved playing against Serena, she was so kind, what a great champion she is. So I wish her the best here in Melbourne as well.’ Recalling the impact that his six-month break in 2016 had on the rest of his career so far, the 37-year-old added: ‘With the injury, that helped me to recalibrate everything and understand how much should I play, how should I play, and I have always wanted to play more attacking tennis so maybe the racket switch was one of that allowed me to be more aggressive on the backhand side, that’s maybe why I won the Australian Open two years ago against Rafa.
But I like to play attacking tennis, that’s how it started, so in a way it came full circle again.’ ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title