Novak Djokovic’s father, Srdjan Djokovic is not too fond of Roger Federer saying that the Swiss Maestro should retire from tennis already. Srdjan Djokovic recalled in an interview his bad experience with the Swiss Maestro and appears to have not forgotten about the incident and is still holding a grudge against Federer.
“Novak was just 19 at the time. He had a deviation of his sinuses and couldn’t breathe. [Federer] showed himself to be the best player in the world but not as a good person at that time,” Srdjan recalled to Newsweek in an exclusive interview about an incident with Federer about 10 years ago in a Davis Cup competition.
“Nobody has ever treated Novak like this. I don’t understand why Federer is still playing tennis. I don’t know why he’s still playing—he’s already 34.”
Reports at that time stated that Federer referred to Djokovic as a “joke” after the Serbian called multiple timeouts for his trainer during the match against Federer’s compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka. At that time, Federer admitted that he was “irritated” by Djokovic’s antics but eventually both sides talked about the incident and the issue was settled.
However, Djokovic’s father seems to be the type of guy who does not want to forget such things.
The statement comes at a time when his son is on top of the tennis world. Novak Djokovic has 11 Grand Slam titles in his career and targeting the 17 Grand Slam titles record by Federer. If Djokovic continues to play dominantly like he has in the past two seasons, he will be on pace to break Federer’s record in the next few years.
Djokovic has dominated Federer in their recent head-to-head match-ups winning four of their last five matches. In their careers, Djokovic has 23 wins to Federer’s 22 victories in their all-time meetings.
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