Tennis: Djokovic thanks fans after breaking record
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Novak Djokovic’s father, Srdjan Djokovic, has argued that Roger Federer doesn’t match his son when it comes to being a ‘good man’. The Serbian tennis star came onto the scene on the ATP Tour at the peak of Federer’s dominance in the men’s game.
Federer had already won 12 Grand Slam titles before Djokovic bagged his first at the 2008 Australian Open.
But Djokovic was confident, even at that time, that he would catch up with the tennis icon.
Fast forward 13 years and the 33-year-old is just two Grand Slam titles behind both Federer and Rafael Nadal – both on 20.
The incredible achievements of the ‘Big Three’ has sparked an ongoing debate on who out of them is greatest of all time.
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Djokovic is often overlooked by pundits and fans with both Federer and Nadal seemingly getting the majority of the support in stadiums and arenas when they’re up against each other.
Srdjan Djokovic believes his son gets unfair treatment though and doesn’t think Federer matches up to the world No 1.
“[Federer was] the best at that time. But as much as he is a great champion, he is not as good a man,” he told Nova.
“[Djokovic] took the best [characteristics] from me and my wife [Diana]. From me, courage and bravery, and from his 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.
“I watched maybe a few minutes of the Australian Open final [when Djokovic beat Russian Daniil Medvedev in straight sets in February].
“I’m staring around. I’m just waiting for the set to end – ‘let me know’. Diana was watching – women are stronger than us.”
He added: “Obviously, they don’t have the best opinion of us and we are constantly bothering them.
“To tell you the truth, I don’t want to be a part of their world. It seems to me that their world is twisted.
“They slander him so much. They say so many disgusting things about him that it’s just amazing. We will never have such a champion again.
“I’m really sorry that they don’t like [me speaking out]. I’m just telling the truth, which they don’t like. What should I do?”
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