Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are used to having a “complicated” relationship for the very early days, but they have always respected each other.
Djokovic about doubling the price in Rome for Federer
A few days ago, the President of the Federazione Italiana tennis came out with a rather unfortunate statement saying: “We have doubled the price of tickets for Wednesday, the day Federer will play. We want to reward fans who had bought tickets before they knew Federer would play.”
Obviously, this statement was heavily criticized especially for the part that they wanted to “reward” the fans that bought the tickets without knowing that Federer would have played.
During the press conference in Rome, when the world no.1 was asked about his opinion about the statement he praised the Swiss to comment
”It’s the first time I’ve heard that information. I don’t think that because Roger hasn’t won here that it affects his value or what he brings to the world of tennis or any tournament.
He is the biggest name of all, historically he’s won the most titles, he is a huge brand in sports worldwide, one of the biggest of all time. From one side, I can maybe understand. I don’t feel offended or feel it has disrespected me or Rafa or anybody else.
The bottom line is that if it brings more tickets and more attendance to the tournament, that great for everybody, I hope it does. If not, too bad.”
Nole will start his campaign in Rome against Denis Shapovalov. The head to head is 1-0 for the world no.1.
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