“Doesn’t Know Where I Am or Where Rafael Is”: Roger Federer Reacts to Novak Djokovic’s Comment at Wimbledon Championships 2021

Published 10/06/2021, 2:54 PM EDT
Roger Federer of Switzerland shakes hands with Novak Djokovic of Serbia after Novak Djokovic winning his Men’s Singles final during Day thirteen of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, England. (Photo by Andy Cheung/Getty Images)

When Pete Sampras defeated Andre Agassi in four sets in the 2002 US Open finals to claim his 14th major title, many assumed that no one would ever be able to win as majors as the American did. The next year, Roger Federer began his slam winning streak by winning his first-ever major title at Wimbledon.


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The Swiss Maestro surpassed Pete Sampras’ major tally at the Wimbledon Championships in 2009 by defeating Andy Roddick in an epic five-setter.


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Wimbledon 2021 witnessed Novak Djokovic tying the majors record with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

Since 2009, Federer only managed to add five more majors to his name owing to Novak Djokovic’s evolution to become one of the all-time greats in men’s tennis. Post 2010, Federer lost crucial matches in slams to the Serb.

However, the Swiss star was the first to reach 20 majors when he won a five-setter against Marin Cilic in 2018 Australian Open. Nadal managed to achieve the same feat a couple of years later when he outplayed Djokovic at Roland Garros last year.

In an incredible run that saw him win three majors on the trot, Djokovic also joined Federer and Nadal with 20 titles each. The Serb could have went on to claim the 21st major at the US Open, but Daniil Medvedev had different plans.

Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; (L-R) Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Daniil Medvedev of Russia celebrate with the finalist and championship trophies, respectively, after their match in the men’s singles final on day fourteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

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“He means well, obviously” – Swiss Maestro on Djokovic’s comments after Wimbledon 2021

Post his Wimbledon victory, the World No.1 said that none of the three would stop winning slams when asked about him tying the record with Nadal and Federer.

Talking about the comment made by the Serb, Federer mentioned in a recent interview that Djokovic’s 2021 season has been phenomenal and looks forward to see how their careers continue.

Well, look, he obviously was speaking for himself. He’s on adrenaline when he’s saying that and he doesn’t know where I am or where Rafael is. But he means well, obviously. I think his year again has been phenomenal”, told the Swiss Maestro.

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 14: Roger Federer of Switzerland and Novak Djokovic of Serbia embrace at the net after their singles match during Day Five of the Nitto ATP Finals at The O2 Arena on November 14, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)

Federer reflects on surpassing Pete Sampras’ record at 2009 Wimbledon

Wow. When I was coming up the record was 12 and “Pistol” got to it, you know, and went up to 14. Then I passed him in 2009, making it 15. That was clearly a huge moment for me, tying with him in Paris and then breaking it when at Wimbledon”. 


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Looking at the ambiguity surrounding Federer’s return to the ATP tour next year, it’s unfair to expect the Swiss star to be on the same level as Djokovic right from the word ‘go’. Knowing this, Federer remains grateful for his career and the tough path to recover post knee surgery last year.

LONDON, ENGLAND – July 14: Roger Federer of Switzerland in action against Novak Djokovic of Serbia during the Men’s Singles Final on Centre Court during the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on July 14, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Losing in the quarters of Wimbledon normally is not good enough, but, for me, you know, the road has been hard and long and so my perspective is a little bit different”, concluded the Swiss.


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From these words, it’s evident that Roger Federer will be playing tennis for different reasons in his 2022 comeback. Even though winning a slam will mean a lot for the Swiss Maestro and his team, enjoying the game and striving to be in big matches will be his initial mindset next year.


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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Sagar has completed his graduation in Electronics and Communication Engineering.