Djokovic and Federer not at war with each other
World No.1 Novak Djokovic has dismissed suggestions of a feud with Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal during an interview at the Miami Open.
Tension between the three looked to be on the rise after Djokovic, president of the ATP Player Council, turned down a request by Federer to meet during the BNP Paribas in Indian Wells to discuss the future of ATP chairman Chris Kermode.
Kermode was ousted as ATP chief when players’ representatives on the ATP Board failed to endorse an extension of his contract.
Djokovic had been pushing for change while Federer and Nadal were thought to be backing backed Kermode.
“I saw Roger today, we were in the opening ceremony cutting the ribbon on centre court,” Djokovic said in Miami.
“We had a small chat there was no time to talk about the political stuff.
“That is hopefully something we will have time in the next few days to go through.
“It’s not necessary for you guys to create any tensions between us. In contrary I have a very good relations with both of them.”
Federer said he is still willing to talk to Djokovic about the issues surrounding Kermode’s leaving, but added with the decision made he saw no urgency to meet at this point,” he said.
MIAMI DAY ONE
Mischa Zverev (GER) bt Nicola Kuhn (ESP) 4-6 7-5 2-2 ret.
Hubert Hurkacz (POL) bt Matteo Berrettini (ITA) 6-4 6-3.
Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) bt Bradley Klahn (USA) 6-3 6-3.
Guido Andreozzi (ARG) bt Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) 7-6(3) 6-4.
Roberto Carballes (ESP) bt Denis Kudla (USA) 6-1 6-2.
Federico Delbonis (ARG) bt Peter Gojowczyk (GER) 6-4 6-2
Wang Xiyu (CHN) bt Monica Puig (PUR) 6-3 6-1.
Pauline Parmentier (FRA) bt Margarita Gasparyan (RUS) 4-6 6-1 7-6(4).
Dayana Yastremska (UKR) bt Ekaterina Alexandrova (RUS) 6-3 6-2.
Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) bt Natalia Vikhlyantseva (RUS) 1-6 7-5 7-6(4).
Samantha Stosur (AUS) bt Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) 6-4 6-2.
Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) bt Barbora Strycova (CZE) 6-3 6-2.
Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) bt Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 4-6 6-4 7-5.
Katerina Siniakova (CZE) bt Zheng Saisai (CHN) 6-3 6-1.
Amanda Anisimova (USA) bt Andrea Petkovic (GER) 6-4 6-3.
Maria Sakkari (GRE) bt Olga Danilovic (SRB) 1-6 6-3 6-4.
Victoria Azarenka (BLR) bt Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 6-2 3-6 6-4.
Sara Sorribes (ESP) bt Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) 6-3 4-6 6-0.