Guest of a TV show in Serbia, the father of Novak Djokovic returned to an old quarrel between his son and Roger Federer, believing that the Swiss is “not a good man”.
The statements date from last weekend, but have emerged in recent hours in the foreign press, in Spain or Belgium. Guest of a television program in Serbia, Srdjan Djokovic, father of world number 1 Novak, was once again the author of a few statements which should not warm the rather cold relationship between his son and Swiss Roger Federer …
“About fifteen years ago, he recalls, he (Federer) attacked my son when he was still young, 18 or 19 years old. He knew someone who would be better than him would come. I said then. that he was a great champion, the best at the time. But even if he is a great champion, he is not a good man.
“The media are saying so many disgusting things about Novak …”
Obviously, Srdjan Djokovic refers here to the Davis Cup 2006, when Roger Federer had pointed out the behavior of Novak against his compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka.
But more generally, the father believes that his champion son is misunderstood, especially by the foreign media. “Obviously, they don’t have the best opinion of us and we are constantly bothering them about something,” he regrets. “To tell you the truth, I don’t want to be part of their world either. It seems to me that their world is twisted. “
And put it back on a more aggressive tone: “I’m just telling the truth, they don’t like us. What should I do? They slander him so much, say so many disgusting things about him that it’s just incredible. (…) And my answers are nothing compared to the way in which they treat this immense champion, this champion whom they will never know again after him. “