Stars miss their missing ri­val

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

RAFAEL Nadal and Novak Djokovic ad­mit­ted this week that they miss old spar­ring part­ner Roger Fed­erer who was forced to skip the US Open for the first time since 1999.

Fed­erer, the win­ner of a record 17 ma­jors and a five-time cham­pion in New York, shut down his sea­son to rest a knee in­jury which was ag­gra­vated in a semi-fi­nal loss at Wim­ble­don.

“Roger to­day is hav­ing the same in­jury is­sues, so I wish him a fast re­cov­ery,” Nadal said af­ter beat­ing De­nis Is­tomin to make the sec­ond round.

Nadal had come into the tour­na­ment un­der an in­jury cloud af­ter a se­ri­ous wrist prob­lem had forced an early with­drawal from the French Open as well as an ab­sence from Wim­ble­don.

“It is very tough to see the play­ers out­side of the tour. The fans miss the play­ers – the tour needs the play­ers,” added the Spa­niard.

‘It’s not the same when you don’t have Roger for the tour­na­ment, for the fans. He’s been one of the most pop­u­lar play­ers of all time.’

Novak Djokovic

Ten­nis player

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