In addition to starting one of the major rivalries of the modern era, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have also had a turbulent relationship off the pitch. The Swiss and the Serbian did not always have mutual esteem, especially thanks to some episodes dating back to the early years of Nole’s career. As time went on, their relationship stabilized and the two also played doubles together in the Laver Cup in 2018. The current world number 1 prevented the Basel phenom from winning his ninth Wimbledon two years ago, despite everything seemed prepared for King Roger’s triumph. With two match points available on his serve, Federer wasted his chance by surrendering in the fifth set tiebreaker. In spite of the newfound serenity between Roger and Novak, the father of the latter Srdjan seems to take advantage of any opportunity to add fuel to the fire. During a recent interview with ‘Nova.rs’, Djokovic Sr. launched yet another jab towards the 20-time Grand Slam champion. In particular, Srdjan recalled a disagreement that occurred during the Davis Cup series between Switzerland and Serbia back in 2006.
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“15 years ago, Roger Federer attacked my son Novak Djokovic while he was still young, aged 18-19; he knew that someone would come who would be better than him,” Srdjan said. “I said then that he was a great champion, the best at that time, but as much as he is a great champion, he is not as good a man.” Srdjan Djokovic was once an almost permanent fixture in Novak Djokovic’s box during his matches, and more particularly at Slams. “He took the best from me and my wife,” Novak Djokovic’s father said. “From me courage and bravery, and from my mother calmness and composure. When he comes across a wall, he stops and thinks, and I hit my head until I faint. That’s why I don’t watch his matches anymore. Now I’m the final of the Australian Open, watching maybe a few minutes. What am I doing? I’m staring around. I’m just waiting for the set to end, so let me know. Diana is watching, women are stronger than us.” Despite suffering an abdominal muscle tear in the middle of his campaign, Djokovic won an unprecedented ninth Australian Open title this year. In the process, he equaled the legendary Martina Navratilova’s record of having the most number of Grand Slam titles at the Australian Open. Days after his heroic triumph at Melbourne Park, the Serb broke Roger Federer’s record of holding the World Number 1 ranking for 310 straight weeks.