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Novak Djokovic's father blasts Roger Federer: 'Federer is not such a good man'

Steven Psihogios
·2-min read
TOPSHOT - Serbia's Novak Djokovic (L) pats Switzerland's Roger Federer after his victory during their men's singles semi-final match on day eleven of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 30, 2020. (Photo by DAVID GRAY / AFP) / IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo by DAVID GRAY/AFP via Getty Images)
Novak Djokovic's father delivered a scathing criticism of Roger Federer. (DAVID GRAY/AFP via Getty Images)

Srdjan Djokovic, the father of tennis great Novak Djokovic, made some pointed comments towards Roger Federer in the wake of 'defamatory' remarks in the media regarding his son.

“About 15 years ago Federer attacked my son when he was still young, he was 18 or 19 years old,” Srdjan said according to The Sun.

“I knew someone would be there who would be better than him.

“So I said that [Federer] was a great champion, the best at the time. But as much as he is a great champion, Federer is not such a good man.”

It’s very interesting that Srdjan decided to target Federer while coming to his son’s defense about negative comments made by the media. Federer and Djokovic, along with Rafael Nadal, have been jockeying for all-time tennis supremacy. Federer and Nadal are tied for first with 20 singles Grand-Slam titles while Djokovic sits third with 18.

Srdjan claimed Federer ‘attacked’ Novak when he was just 18 or 19-years-old, which puts the timeline near the two’s first-ever match in 2006 at Monte-Carlo.

Djokovic and Federer have clashed 50 times throughout their careers and Djokovic leads the series with 27 wins.

Srdjan wasn’t quite finished yet, either. After talking about Federer, he then launched some comments towards the media.

“To tell you the truth, I do not want to be part of your twisted world. I'm sorry you don't like Novak. I just tell you the truth. What should I do? They defame him so much and say so many disgusting things about him that it is unbelievable. My answers are much clearer compared to how they treat this great champion, that they won't have again in this world.”

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