Tearful tennis star ends his remarkable career with an agonising doubles defeat alongside long-time rival Rafael Nadal at the Laver Cup in London.
Roger Federer has admitted that his battles with a knee problem forced him to call time on a historic career that earned him a reputation as one of the most elegant players the game has ever seen.
Roger Federer, who is regarded by many as the greatest male player to wield a tennis racket, says he will retire after next week's Laver Cup in London.
While Nadal trains in New York, career-long rival Djokovic will remain in Europe after finally giving up hope of a last-minute change of Covid policy by the US authorities.
The three-day Laver Cup competition pits six of the best players from Team Europe against six leading players from Team World.
Serbia's Novak Djokovic equals Pete Sampras's mark of seven titles at the All England Club and move within one of the men's record of eight held by Roger Federer.
The former world number one, who will be 41 in August, has not played since July last year, when he was knocked out of Wimbledon in the quarter-finals against Hubert Hurkacz.
The 35-year-old Djokovic cruised through the opening two sets, breaking Molcan's serve three times without giving the Slovakian a single opportunity on his own delivery.
Following his historic win at the Australian Open, Nadal expressed that he is ready for more.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has said authorities in Australia "humiliated themselves" and Prime Minister Ana Brnabic called the decision to deport tennis player Novak Djokovic "scandalous."
If Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev win their respective groups, the pair could potentially face off in the final – their fourth in 2021 – with the Serbian leading 2-1.
It was Novak Djokovic's sixth Wimbledon title and 20th at a major tournament, putting him tied for first on the all-time list with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
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