Novak Djokovic said age was not slowing down Roger Federer after his straight-sets humbling by the 33-year-old Swiss at the Shanghai Masters on Saturday.
The Serbian world number one, 27, could only marvel as 17-time Grand Slam champion Federer downed him 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinals to climb to number two in the rankings.
Federer's win against the two-time defending champion, who was on a 28-match winning streak in China, also helped atone for his five-set loss to Djokovic in this year's Wimbledon final.
"I think he's playing as good as ever. I think age does not really matter in his case," Djokovic said. (Federer Super Excited About India Trip)
"This tonight is definitely one of the best matches he has played against me, that's for sure... You know, every time I had a chance he just stepped in and made a winner," he added.
Federer is six years older than Djokovic and also has four children. The Serb said he first priority now was to welcome his first child with his wife, Jelena.
"My plan is now to go back home and hopefully become a father," he said.