WATCH: Roger Federer hopes Novak Djokovic can ‘crush every record’, sends wishes to Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal

Roger Federer, who retired from the sport in 2022, opened up about his relationship with his former rivals like Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal in a recent podcast.

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Roger Federer is widely regarded as one of the greatest tennis players of all time. During his illustrious 24-year career spanning from 1998-2002, the former Swiss professional has faced many greats of the game. Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray are among the few with whom the veteran has shared intense rivalries over the years.

Federer, who retired from the sport in 2022, opened up about his relationship with his former rivals in a recent podcast. His encounter against Djokovic has always been a blockbuster as both fights with a never-give-up mentality. However, the 42-year-old said he hopes the Serbian breaks all tennis records possible before his retirement.

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Speaking about Murray, he said the British star can play as long as his hip allows him as he still has the hunger to win the games. He also conveyed wishes to Nadal, saying he can win as much as possible. Federer’s respect and admiration for his fellow rivals was well appreciated by fans on social media.

“There was this moment when we could take it all in, our careers were flashing in front of our eyes, especially for them who are still going. They're like, 'We are so fortunate that were are living as a tennis player. Fortunate to still be going,” Federer said in a conversation with Trevor Noah, a South African writer, producer and television host.

“Hopefully, Novak can go and crush every record, Murray can play as long as his hip allows him to and he still has the hunger. Rafa knew that he was in a tough spot as well and he hopes that he can win as much as possible,” he added on the ‘What Now?’ podcast.

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Federer also recalled his last pre-match press conference. He said it was important to let everyone know that he was happy to hang up his boots before his rivals. He added that it would have been painful to see his rivals retire before him and was happy about how things panned out. 

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