Roger Federer: Novak Djokovic did exceptional job at Australian Open and French Open

Former world No. 1 Roger Federer has praised Novak Djokovic for the way he has been playing this season. 

Djokovic, ranked at No. 1 in the world, is aiming to capture a Calendar Grand Slam as earlier this year he made it all the way at the Australian Open and French Open. 

Both Federer and Djokovic have been through to the Wimbledon last-16. 

“He’s done incredibly well in Australia, now again also in Paris. That was exceptional of course. He looks like the big favorite here going into whatever round he goes into. He deserves it. He’s worked extremely hard. He’s playing great at the same time, too,” Federer said, per Ravi Ubha. 

Federer survived a Cameron Norrie challenge 

On Saturday, Federer beat Norrie in four sets to make the Wimbledon last-16. 

“Well, very, very [pleased]. Super relieved,” said Federer, per Metro UK. “It was a tough battle with Cam. I was so close to serve it out. A little extra round.

“He deserved that third set. I thought he played excellent today. For me, I felt I was really able to keep a very high level of play.

“He got the good break at the end of the third that cost me the set but overall I’m very happy with how I played.’

“I think overall I’m playing at a high level right now. I got lucky in the first round. My English is getting better. Things are going very well for me.’

For the 69th time in his career, Federer has been through to the round-of-16 at a Grand Slam. 

“No, it’s a nice stat to hear. It proves to me when I wake up in the morning, that has happened. I feel stiff. I played a lot of tennis,” Federer said. 

“I’ve loved every minute. I hope there’s a little bit more left in me. It’s a pleasure, an absolute pleasure still playing right now.

“This one is special because I’m almost 40. This is the last Slam before I hit the big 40, let’s see how far I can go.”