Wednesday, July 31, 2013
COMMON MR DJOKOVIC! NOVAK DJOKOVIC'S FATHER ACCUSES NADAL AND FEDERER OF BEING JEALOUS OF HIS SON'S SUCCESS
Novak Djokovic's father, Srdjan Djokovic, has hit out at both Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer by claiming they are jealous of the Serbian's success in recent years.
Since the start of 2011, Djokovic has been the undisputed number one tennis player in the world, with both Federer and Nadal failing to win as many Grand Slams as him combined.
The older Djokovic who was speaking to Serbian newspaper Kurir,said: 'Federer is perhaps still the best tennis player in history, but as a man he's the opposite.
'He attacked Novak at the Davis Cup in Geneva [in 2006], he realised that he was his successor and was trying to discredit him in every way. Novak's success is an amazing thing and something that one cannot understand.'
Srdjan holds the same grudge against the Spaniard, saying: 'Nadal was his best friend while he was winning. When things changed, they were no longer friends. This is not sport. This is what Novak has in him, but others don't.'
Much of his interview with the newspaper spoke of the difficulty and the sacrifices the family had to make for Djokovic to reach the top of his profession, but he also had some kind words for Britain's Andy Murray.
'I have never, not even for a second, felt jealousy from Andy’s family.
'Andy’s mother went in the locker room, in Rome, to congratulate Novak, his team and family. They cannot be best friends as they fight for the most important titles, and lot of money.
'But they are more than correct rivals and Novak’s father is sure that after they finish their professional careers, they will be great friends.'
However in a swift response, Rafael Nadal interrupted his post-Wimbledon training and holiday to deny reports in the Serbian press that he and rival Novak Djokovic have become mortal enemies off the court.
Nadal told media on his home island of Mallorca that he and Novak get along fine and advised Srdjan: "If he wants to know how I get along with Nole, he should ask his son.
My relationship with Novak has always been very good and it still is.
"I've lost lots of matches against him and vice versa, but we've never had a problem. People are entitled to their opinions. It's not my place to respond to anyone, especially without having heard or read these comments."
The high-profile players have met 35 times, with Nadal winning 20 matches, including four of the last five dating to last season