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polite admiration and fierce battle

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THE BEST ENEMIES IN SPORT (2/8) – Focus on one of the most exciting rivalries in world tennis between the admired Swiss and the unloved Serbian.

«When I hear them shout “Roger”, I imagine they say Novak…»July 14, 2019, Novak Djokovic defeats Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final for the sixth consecutive time in a Grand Slam. That day, however, the Serbian had the bitter victory at the end of this titanic fight lasting almost five hours (7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, 13-12). The Swiss, crowd idol, has evolved more than ever at home on the legendary Center Court. “Nole” will never have the popularity of the Balois. He resigned himself to being the unloved of the Big Three. So, failing to win hearts, over the years he has built up an even more monstrous track record than the “Maestro”.

He has already snatched the record for the greatest number of weeks spent in place of number 1 (326, current series) while waiting, perhaps, to become in 2022, the record holder for that of Grand Slam titles with 21 ahead of Federer and Nadal, the other living legend to be debunked.

For the majority of lovers of the little yellow ball, the confrontation …

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