Srdjan Djokovic, the father of tennis great Novak Djokovic, has made the rather shocking claim that Roger Federer ‘is not such a good man’.
This came in the wake of ‘defamatory’ remarks in the media regarding his son, who is the present world no 1.
“About 15 years ago Federer attacked my son when he was still young, he was 18 or 19 years old,” Srdjan said according to The Sun.
“I knew someone would be there who would be better than him.
“So I said that [Federer] was a great champion, the best at the time. But as much as he is a great champion, Federer is not such a good man.”
Srdjan also had some nice comments towards the media.
“To tell you the truth, I do not want to be part of your twisted world. I’m sorry you don’t like Novak. I just tell you the truth. What should I do? They defame him so much and say so many disgusting things about him that it is unbelievable. My answers are much clearer compared to how they treat this great champion, that they won’t have again in this world.”
Federer and Djokovic, along with Rafael Nadal, have been in a three-way jockey for all-time tennis supremacy.
Federer and Nadal are tied for first with 20 singles Grand-Slam titles while Djokovic sits third with 18.
Djokovic and Federer have clashed 50 times throughout their careers. The Serbian leads the series with 27 wins.