By Tennis Now
Srdjan Djokovic, the daddy of reigning Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic, has typically made exaggerated claims in opposition to his son’s rival Roger Federer all through the years.
That pattern continued throughout a current interview the outspoken elder Djokovic gave to Serbian tv.
World No. 1 Djokovic and Federer have confronted one another since 2006. Each males are nonetheless competing for the prospect to carry probably the most ever main titles for a male participant. Djokovic not too long ago earned his 18th profession main title at this 12 months’s Australian Open. He nonetheless trails Federer and Rafael Nadal, who every maintain the file at 20 main titles every.
In response to the UK Solar, Srdjan Djokovic as soon as once more aimed his verbal barbs at Federer in an interview with Serbian TV channel K1. The elder Djokovic made the extraordinary declare that Federer attacked his son when Djokovic was a rising teenage participant.
“About 15 years in the past, Federer attacked my son when he was nonetheless younger, he was 18 or 19 years outdated,” the elder Djokovic mentioned within the unsubstantiated declare.
“I knew somebody could be there who could be higher than him. So I mentioned that (Federer) was a fantastic champion, the most effective on the time. However as a lot as he is a good champion, Federer shouldn’t be such an excellent man,” he added.
The elder Djokovic, who has incessantly complained publicly concerning the lack of respect he feels his son receives in comparison with Federer, continued these opinions within the interview. He blames most of it on the media.
“It’s apparent that overseas media shops shouldn’t have the most effective opinion of us and suppose that we’re continuously bothering them. To let you know the reality, I don’t need to be a part of your twisted world. I am sorry you do not like Novak. I simply let you know the reality. What ought to I do? They defame him a lot and say so many disgusting issues about him that it’s unbelievable. My solutions are a lot clearer in comparison with how they deal with this nice champion, that they will not have once more on this world.”
Djokovic and Federer final performed in opposition to one another within the 2020 Australian Open semifinal that Djokovic gained in straight units. Djokovic additionally leads the general head to 27 to 23 in complete victories.
Photograph credit score: Christopher Levy