In a surprisingly stinging attack on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic's father has said that the former world No one players are jealous of his son's success and rise to the top of the tennis world.
In an interview with Serbian newspaper Kurir, Srdjan Djokovic 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 realized that he was his successor and was trying to disparage him in every way. Novak's success is an amazing thing and something that Federer cannot understand."
Srdjan also said that Nadal had been unsporting in his behaviour, forgetting his friendship with Djokovic as soon as the Serb started winning titles.
"He was his best friend while he was winning. When things changed, they were no longer friends. This is not sport."
However, he had nicer things to say about Andy Murray, the man who beat Djokovic at the US Open final in 2012 and in the Wimbledon final this year: "I have never, not even for a second, felt jealousy from Andy's family. They cannot be best friends as they fight for the most important titles, and (a) lot of money, but they approach their rivalry in the correct way."
Djokovic and Murray have known each other since their junior days.
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First Published On : Jul 31, 2013 18:11 IST