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Novak Djokovic reveals what he said to ‘legend’ Roger Federer at Wimbledon

Novak Djokovic has revealed what he said to Roger Federer when they stood side to side on Centre Court on Sunday.

Federer is not in the Wimbledon draw this year for the first time this century as he continues to battle his way back from a knee injury.

He was back on Centre Court this week though to take part in a parade of champions, and Novak Djokovic could be seen whispering in his ear.

The tennis world has since speculated about what he was saying, but he has now revealed it all.

“I told him he’s loved by so many people, that he’s been greeted very nicely, and that he needs to come back so we can play at least one more time – like he said himself,” Djokovic explained.

“We’ve all seen how special it was when he entered Centre Court. Everyone was on their feet, everyone showed their love and respect towards him – and he really is a legend in every respect.

“Of course, he’s been one of my biggest rivals in my career and it’s been weird not seeing him participating in tournaments – and like he said, it was unusual seeing him here at Wimbledon in a different role.

“I think it’s very important for the sport that players like him play as much as they can, because it brings a lot of attention and benefits for all of us.”

Roger Federer insists that, despite his injury, he still plans to return to tennis this year, starting with the Laver Cup in September.

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Michael Graham, Editor, has been a professional sports journalist for his whole career and is especially passionate about tennis. He's been the Editor of for over 5 years and loves watching live tennis by visiting as many tournaments as possible. Michael specialises in writing in-depth features about the ATP & WTA tours.