Johannesburg [South Africa], Aug 30 (ANI
): Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic admitted that they miss their old rival Roger Federer
, who was forced to skip the US Open for the first time since 1999 due to a knee injury.
The 17-time Grand Slam champion ruled himself out of the rest of the season to recover fully from his injury, which got aggravated during his semifinal defeat to Milos Raonic in Wimbledon.
Nadal, who progressed through to the second round, wished his arch-rival Federer speedy recovery and stated that it was very tough to see the players outside of the tour, Sport24 reported.
After withdrawing early from the French Open and ruling himself out of Wimbledon due to a wrist problem, the Spaniard had come to Flushing Meadows under an injury cloud.
Meanwhile, world number one Novak Djokovic
said that every tournament was missing Federer while describing the Swiss maestro as 'one of the most popular players of all time, one of the most successful players of all time'.
Djokovic had defeated Federer in the 2015 US Open
men's singles final to win his second trophy at Flushing Meadows. (ANI