Novak Djokovic isn’t ready for Roger Federer to call time on his career.

Novak Djokovic has pleaded with Roger Federer to reverse his decision to call quits on his tennis career. The 21-time Major champion has repeatedly spoken of his huge respect for Federer from the dozens of battles they had on the court through their careers.

Federer closed the final curtain on his career late on Friday night after announcing last week that he was unable to continue. It proved to be an emotional evening with both Djokovic and Rafael Nadal unable to hold back their tears.

Nadal admitted afterwards that he felt “an important part of my life is leaving” with Federer’s retirement. And Djokovic is also seemingly not ready for Federer to walk away from tennis for good.

Speaking after he and Matteo Berrettini put Team Europ 8-4 up over Team World with their doubles win over Jack Sock and Alex de Minaur, Djokovic jokingly pleaded with Federer to reverse his decision to retire. “I think that this competition – Laver Cup – is obviously the only competition where you can have the greatest rivals in your life as your team-mates,” Djokovic said.

“That’s why we enjoy it very much. Trying to marvel every single moment spent on and off the court, particularly this year with the four of us teaming up – Andy, Roger, Rafa and myself – it’s a unique experience. I wanna say, most people think it’s probably never going to happen again, there is always a hope that Roger will come back so we could play together again.”

Djokovic then asked the crowd inside The O2 whether they wanted Federer back, to which they erupted into a huge cheer. Djokovic may well have been playful in his remarks, but Tim Henman believes there is no chance Federer goes back on his word.

When asked if Fed could come back, he said: “No, I think is the honest answer to that. But I like Novak’s ideas and I liked the reaction of the crowd when they were asked that question.

“Brilliant performance on the doubles court and maybe even better on singles. He was absolutely faultless.”

Federer has already indicated that he doesn’t plan to return either, insisting his main focus is now spending time with his family.

“I mean, I think the message from me was just making sure I relay my passion for the sport to the fans, and I let them know that hopefully we’ll see each other again on a different type of tennis court, like you said, somewhere around the world,” he said. “I have no plans whatsoever, where, how, when.

“All I know, I would love to go and play places I have never played before or go say thank yous for years to come to all the people that have been so supportive of me. Because the hard part about the Laver Cup was that tickets were already sold out. You know, the people who maybe would have also loved to be here couldn’t make it. Maybe there is another way down the stretch we can party all together.”

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