The out-of-control father of Novak Djokovic has slung another insult at his son’s main ATP rival as his one-sided psychological war against Roger Federer heats up.
Serb pizza shop owner Srdjan Djokovic has never hidden his dislike for any of the rivals to his controversial world No. 1 son – but he reserves his most potent nationalist venom for 20-time Grand Slam champions Federer and Rafael Nadal.
The Swiss and the Spaniard – dominating at the top of the game for a decade before Djokovic began to make an impression – have gotten along politely and professionally for years.
As a result, quirky spiritualist Novak – a believer in the healing power of water and a strong anti-vaxxer – has always been the odd man out.
While Federer and Nadal are revered around the tennis world by fervent fans as much for their massive charitable activities as much as their tennis, Djokovic just can’t seem to feel the love.
With much of his fan base comprising defensive Serb supporters, any verbal support his outspoken father can give is likely welcome.
Srdjan Djokovic’s latest outburst opined: “It’s very difficult to be friends with someone when you fight against them for No. 1, for titles and for money.
“From my point of view, I would like Roger Federer to play another 5 or 6 years so that Novak makes even more the difference in the results of their confrontations.”
The elder Djokovic has little doubt that his 33-year-old son (18 GS trophies) will eventually pass both Federer and Nadal on the all-time list.
Djokovic holds a career edge over the 39-year-old Federer winning seven of their last 10 matches for a 27-23 record.
Main photo:- Novak Djokovic with his dad Srdjan at the 2020 Adria Tour in Belgrade