In recent weeks and in general in recent months Srdjan Djokovic, father of world number one Novak Djokovic, has made statements within Serbian TV where he talks about his son and his main rivals, in particular Rafael Nadal and especially Roger Federer.
Nole's father has appeared very optimistic that his son will win at least three Grand Slam titles by the end of 2022 and thus overtake Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the Grand Slam race. For Novak, his last Grand Slam came at the Australian Open 2021 where he won his 18 Grand Slam titles overcoming adversity as great rivals and above all an abdominal injury that had made all his fans tremble.
In the end the Serbian champion managed to take the title at the Australian Open for the ninth time by writing further history books. Especially on the day of the injury in the third round match against Taylor Fritz, Nole reached the fifth set and had made all his supporters tremble.
Thanks to the various victories that ended with the success, which arrived quite clearly on Daniil Medvedev in the final, Novak Djokovic brought Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer even closer in the GOAT race. In addition to this title, at the beginning of March Djokovic overtook Federer in the ranking of tennis players with the most weeks at the top of the ATP ranking, obtaining a record that is unlikely to be matched in a short time.
Speaking to local media Srdjan Djokovic had harsh words for his son Roger Federer's great rival. Here are his words: "The Western world is really twisted, they attack Novak several times and say so many disgusting things about him that sometimes I am incredulous.
Foreign media do not have a great opinion of us and claim that we are the ones who are bothering him. I don't want to be part of their world either, I remember that 15 years ago Roger Federer heavily attacked my son who was still a teenager, he understood that someone was coming who would do better than him.
From that moment I have said that Roger Federer was a great tennis player, but he is not a good person." With these rather heavy words, Srdjan Djokovic concluded the interview.
Srdjan Djokovic AGAIN against Roger Federer and Nadal
The pandemic was the event that most affected last season (having generated effects that go far beyond the tennis Tour).
If, on the other hand, one wants to do well on an episode inherent to the playing court, the sensational disqualification occurred to Novak Djokovic during his round of 16 match at the US Open immediately comes to mind. The story is known to all having immediately made the rounds of the web: a shot from the Serbian accidentally hit a line judge and cost the elimination of the number 1 ATP.
That incident remained in the mind of the 33-year-old from Belgrade for a long time, as he saw the real opportunity to put another Grand Slam title on the table and get closer to the record of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Nole redeemed himself from the Australians about a month and a half ago, where he beat the competition by taking home his 18th Major. Speaking as a guest on the television show B92 TV Dnevni Red, his father Srdjan reiterated firmly that his son did not receive fair treatment in Flushing Meadows.
"I absolutely did not agree with what happened" - said Srdjan, whose words have often ended up damaging even the figure of Novak. "A line judge was hit, but that incident was by no means voluntary. Similar things have also happened to Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and others, but none of them have ever been disqualified like Novak Djokovic.
They had no respect for the number 1 in the world, in fact I would say just the opposite," he added. Despite the countless successes achieved on the court, Nole has always attracted many detractors. In recent days, his father Srdjan Djokovic launched yet another jab at Federer.
It is not the first time that Djokovic Sr. he spends unkind words towards his son's main opponents, a trend that ends up damaging the image of the 18-time Grand Slam champion. "I think it is really difficult to be friends with someone with whom you are constantly fighting for the number 1, for the titles and for the money," explained Srdjan of the rivalry between the Big 3.
"All in all they are correct with each other. From my point of view, I would be happy if Roger Federer plays for another 5-6 years, so that Novak Djokovic can make an even bigger difference in the head-to-head balance," he added.
Novak Djokovic has been able to enter the rivalry between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal by breaking the duopoly and establishing himself as the great ruler of the last decade. The Serbian champion has significantly reduced the gap that divides him from the Swiss and the Spanish, also thanks to the recent triumph at the Australian Open 2021.
The ninth triumph at Melbourne Park allowed him to climb to 18 Majors, just two points away from the eternal rivals in the all-time ranking. At the beginning of March, the 33-year-old from Belgrade took away the added satisfaction of beating the record for weeks at the top of the ATP ranking (thanks also to the new system introduced to deal with the consequences of the pandemic).