Novak Djokovic’s father took aim at Roger Federer in a bizarre rant against the tennis great.
Djokovic Sr. issued his seemingly unprovoked attack at Federer in an interview with Sportklub via ESPN, where he claimed the 20-time Grand Slam singles winner was only continuing his career into his 40s because he can’t accept Djokovic (17 Grand Slam titles) and Nadal (19) overtaking his records.
“Why do you think he still plays at 40?” said Srdjan Djokovic. “Imagine that, a 40-year-old man still plays tennis when he can go home and do some more interesting things. “But since both Nadal and Novak are breathing down his neck, he simply cannot accept the fact that they will be better than him. “Go, man. Raise children, do something else, go ski, do something. Tennis is not my whole life, it is just my son’s current hobby.”
Djokovic Sr. also described Federer as “the typical cold Swiss,” saying he was “a great rival to my son as well as a champion, but he is not good enough to be compared to Novak.”
“Roger is the typical cold Swiss. A great rival to my son as well as a champion, but he is not good enough to be compared to Novak,” he said.
The Federer vs Djokovic head to head is an interesting one as Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have faced each other 50 times. The current Federer vs Djokovic head to head is led by Djokovic by 27-23 in all matches.
Apparently, helicopter parenting never stops.