Roger Federer Showed Himself as Not a Good Person, Says Novak Djokovic’s Father

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Monday, March 14th, 2016 | 0


The world’s top two tennis players – Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer – have not only enjoyed a fierce on-court rivalry, but their relationship off the court has been vinegary as well.

This is evident from the incident that occurred during the 2006 Davis Cup tie between Serbia and Switzerland. Up against Stanislas Wawrinka – Federer’s Swiss teammate – Djokovic called upon his trainer a number of times, much to the dismay of Federer, who later, went on to call it a ‘joke’ and breach of rules.

The Serb superstar’s father, Srdjan Djokovic, condemns the incident as he insists that his son faced genuine problems on the court.

“Novak was just 19 at the time. He had a deviation of his sinuses and couldn’t breathe,” Srdjan told Newsweek. “And Federer tried in every possible way to disrespect him because of his breathing problem,” he continued further.

“He showed himself to be the best player in the world but not as a good person at that time. 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.”

Federer, however, had made it clear that the duo has buried the hatchet, and that he has always respected his Serbian counterpart.



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