Novak Djokovic says he has told Roger Federer he 'is a legend in every respect' and he wants to play more matches against him.
Federer has not played for a year now after his knee broke down again. it means he has played just a handful of tournaments in two-and-a-half-years.
This year's Wimbledon is being played for the first time this century without Roger Federer in the men's draw, although he was back on Centre Court for a parade of champions on Sunday, where he stood next to Novak Djokovic.
Asked what he said to Federer on Centre Court, Djokovic said: "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.
"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."
Federer has said he plans on making his comeback to tennis this year at the Laver Cup in London, and he also plans on playing the Basel Indoors too.
Should that go to plan, he has said he hopes to make a full return to the ATP Tour after that for the 2023 season.
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