Djokovic wishes Federer a speedy recovery

Novak Djokovic hopes rival Roger Federer recovers quickly from the injury that forced him to pull out of this week's Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship. 

The Swiss Maestro underwent knee surgery earlier this month and is in a race to be fit for the French Open.

Meanwhile, Djokovic admitted he would miss the 17-time grand slam winner at the Dubai event, where they have faced off in the past, notching up the last seven titles between them. 

"I hope he recovers fast, because we are not used to seeing him injured," the Serb told The National on Monday.

"He's very fit and he plays very well throughout the entire year…he's very important for our sport. He's the most successful player of this tournament, so for sure the tournament will miss him.

"But that doesn't change much in the way I approach this tournament. I will try to go as far as I can, even with him not playing here."

Djokovic eased past Tommy Robredo 6-1, 6-2 in his opening match of the event on Monday.