‘You know how many such awards Roger Federer has?’, says Djokovic’s father

Novak Djokovic had to beat not only opponents but also pain to win the ninth Australian Open title. The Serbian tennis player number one in the world in the third round match against Fritz suffered an abdominal muscle injury. An injury that, continuing to play, has extended to two and a half centimeters. Now the stop is inevitable to recover from the tear and not further compromise the situation. Novak Djokovic beating Medvedev won the first Slam of the season, the Australian Open. Unstoppable Nole, increasingly the first player in the world, in a season that could give him the chance to impress his name even more in the history of tennis. But first the Serbian champion will be forced to stop to recover from the bad abdominal injury. In fact, Djokovic played most of the tournament with a laceration to his abdominal muscles. In the match against Fritz, Nole risked retirement, with the exams which then showed a tear of 1.7 centimeters. Continuing to play, gritting his teeth, the situation has worsened and not a little. A situation that will push the number 1 Atp to stop. Novak Djokovic’s father Srdjan Djokovic recently took a swipe at Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal while speaking in glowing terms about his son’s nature.

Srdjan Djokovic took a swipe at Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

Srdjan Djokovic believes that his son is waging a lone battle when it comes to making a positive change on tour. According to the 60-year-old, Novak Djokovic never champions causes that would benefit himself but instead strives to ensure that the less-privileged players get a share of the pie. “It is a hand-to-hand fight between himself and everyone else on the other side,” Novak Djokovic’s father continued. “And he is not fighting for himself and his interests, but for tennis players who can barely make ends meet. We record something about all of Novak’s nice manners during his entire career, how he says goodbye to the opponent, how he is towards the host, how he extends his hand and kisses the opponent when he loses,” Novak’s father added. “Which athlete does that? Rarely has Novak ever received an award for fair play, and you know how many such awards Roger Federer has? About 15,” Srdjan Djokovic went on. Federer remarkably won the award six times in a row from 2004-2009, and then again for seven straight years from 2011-2018. Nobody except Rafael Nadal has been able to challenge the Swiss for this accolade. The Spaniard has won the Sportsmanship Award prize four times in his career.

Federer and Nadal have created one of the most intense rivalries in the history of the sport

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