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Federer, Nadal Won’t Salute Djokovic For 24

While most of the tennis world has saluted Novak Djokovic for winning his 24th Grand Slam title at the 2023 US Open, two notable figures have opted to stay largely silent about the record-breaking achievement.

Roger Federer hasn’t said anything publicly yet, though he did congratulate Coco Gauff winning her US Open title in three sets vs Aryna Sabalenka on social media.

Nadal muzzled himself from saying anything about Djokovic 24 until a TV interview in Spain this week where he made some bizarre comments that many interpreted as envious, insecure and even bitter.

“I believe that, within my means, I have done everything possible to ensure that things go as smoothly as possible for me. Novak could be frustrated because he lives everything more intensely and that’s why he’s the best. I think Djokovic lives it in a more intense way. For him, it would have been a greater frustration not to achieve it.”

Nadal is implying that Djokovic is an obsessed freak to break Grand Slam records. While it was Nadal who said this in recent years: “I don’t know if I’ll reach that level again, but I’m going to die for it.” Nadal also said he injected his foot with painkiller drugs to numb an injury, which helped him win the 2022 French Open title on a supposedly numb foot.

Keep in mind it was Djokovic who missed playing two Grand Slams because he refused to take the virus vaccine drug shot. Djokovic said freedom to choose what he puts into his body was more important than playing and winning Grand Slam tournaments.

So Nadal is revealing hypocrisy in his inconsistent comments about Djokovic.

After Djokovic won Grand Slam 23 at French Open, Federer waited a few weeks and then said in an interview at a sponsor event just before Wimbledon: “I thought what Novak did is incredible. Honestly, it’s great for tennis, great for sports when tennis writes its own history and keeps on adding to it like we’ve seen with Serena Williams as well, Rafa then myself and now with Novak.”

Nadal also praised Djokovic for 23 after a few days of public and media waiting and it did seem partially genuine but also partially unauthentic, to protect his own public image: “Many congrats on this amazing achievement, Novak Djokovic. 23 is a number that just a few years back was impossible to think about, and you made it! Enjoy it with your family and team!”

If you wonder or even harbor some suspicions about if Federer and Nadal are being genuine and sincere about their feelings for Djokovic 23 and 24, you are not alone.

This week Federer is attending his Laver Cup competition so it will be interesting to hear what he has to say about Djokovic 24 in the following days.

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  • Sam · September 21, 2023 at 4:17 am

    Give a hoot—don’t salute. 🦉


  • Scoop Malinowski · September 21, 2023 at 9:00 am

    Imagine the differences of celebrations and salutes if Serena won 25, nobody would be talking like Nadal about her being obsessed with winning and being outcome oriented.

  • Cyndy · September 21, 2023 at 9:21 am

    Scoop Malinowski— you are absolutely right there in your assessments of Nadal/Federer not wishing Djokovic at all after his 24th GS win… why there was not even the word “congratulations” uttered by either of them after having played so many of their slams together on tour. Too bad I say…I mean what is stopping them?? Okay I’m thinking of the following : pride, jealousy, contempt, dislike, terrible sportsmanship, unfriendly attitude, shock and awe mixed with a loathing and disrespect/displeasure. Laver cup starts tomorrow but yet there is a feeling of dull drab. Hmmm..and as you said it will be mighty interesting to hear from Federer. Strange it will be if he uses that backdrop to congratulate Djokovic when he should have done it on social media in an instant actually. Slowly but surely true colours will have been revealed/realised probably.

  • Scoop Malinowski · September 21, 2023 at 9:31 am

    Cyndy, Djokovic unintentionally exposed the two biggest phonies in tennis. It becomes more and more clear the more Djokovic keeps winning. Fedal are haunted by seeing Djokovic winning and exceeding them. They will never be at peace with it or come to grips. An interesting angle of it all is I was the first one to question why aren’t Fedal congratulating Novak after 23??, it picked up momentum and then they finally did respond begrudgingly. Then after 24 same thing, I questioned it and others also began questioning them too and it became a kind of movement which forced Nadal to do that TV interview which clearly showed his furstration and bitterness. Now it’s Roger’s turn to figure out his scripted double-edged salute to Novak 🙂

  • Cyndy · September 21, 2023 at 10:13 am

    Scoop Malinowski— yes indeedy i know that you had questioned it earlier when Djokovic had won his 23rd…, and one can see that a lot of people are questioning this very same issue on the wishing bit on various platforms but it’s like a stone cold silence from the duo. Yes that video from Nadal seemed too fake just like how the both of them were shown weeping croc tears (it felt that way at least!) at last years Laver Cup.. I enjoyed watching it when Kyrgios was in the group as he bought a certain light hearted aura to it. So let’s see what’s happening tomorrow with Rune Tsitsipas out. Team world suddenly feels like an all American group.

  • Scoop Malinowski · September 21, 2023 at 12:37 pm

    Cyndy, I find Laver Cup to be not worth the time watching, prefer to play, work, or watch a challenger live stream, or come classic matches on you tube like 2019 Wimbledon final or 2023 Cincy final or 1998 Miami Open final (Rios vs Agassi). Practice sets in Vancouver has low appeal but maybe will give it a shot and watch a bit to give it a fair chance.

  • Scoop Malinowski · September 22, 2023 at 10:09 pm

    “The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.” — Aristotle
    “The greatest sign of inferiority is from those who demand to be equal.” –Friederich Nietzsche

  • Sam · September 24, 2023 at 5:04 am

    Imagine the differences of celebrations and salutes if Serena won 25, nobody would be talking like Nadal about her being obsessed with winning and being outcome oriented.

    Exactly. Players like Nadal would be kissing his . . . well, you know. 😏

  • Scoop Malinowski · September 24, 2023 at 9:07 am

    Serena worship would be embarrassingly over the top.

  • Sam · September 27, 2023 at 12:16 am

    Thankfully we don’t hear all that much about that impostor these days. 🙏

  • Scoop Malinowski · September 27, 2023 at 8:33 am

    Allegedly pregnant again.

  • Sam · September 30, 2023 at 5:06 am

    Yes, that’s news from a few months ago. Any stunt necessary to semi-stay in the limelight. 🙄

    What Serena is really pregnant with is lies and deception. 🤥

  • Scoop Malinowski · September 30, 2023 at 8:31 am

    Agree, a big phony.

  • Sam · October 2, 2023 at 6:05 pm

    Maybe he should get together then with Uncle Phony—I mean, Uncle Toni. 😂

  • Scoop Malinowski · October 2, 2023 at 9:08 pm

    Sam I think Uncle Toni’s coaching career in ATP or WTA is over. The Felix flop wrecked his image and coaching value. Nobody will hire him. His job at Rafa academy is secure though.

  • Sam · October 6, 2023 at 8:01 am

    Actually, I have some yard work that needs to be done—I might hire him . . . if the price is right. 😆

  • Scoop Malinowski · October 6, 2023 at 8:51 am

    Uncle Toni is now a bad coach. Felix has won ONE competitive match since May. Last year at this time he was winning three titles.

  • Sam · October 8, 2023 at 3:36 pm

    Well, since he’s no longer in high demand, that means he’ll probably offer me a decent price on all the yard work. 👨‍🌾

  • Scoop Malinowski · October 8, 2023 at 6:45 pm

    I don’t see any player ever hiring Uncle Toni again after this Felix nosedive and also Toni’s disloyalty to Felix about refusing to help him beat Rafa.

  • Sam · October 10, 2023 at 8:20 pm

    When it comes to coaching, is Toni just incompetent?? 🤡

  • Scoop Malinowski · October 10, 2023 at 10:13 pm

    Sam, Uncle Toni is a smart guy, knows his tennis, did a fine job guiding Rafa to the top but maybe now he’s just tired of the whole routine, tired of watching, tired of the same old same old. Some great coaches just vanish – Larry Stefanki, Peter Lundgren, Larry Passos, Carlos Rodriguez, Boris Sobkin, Tarik Benhabiles, etc.

  • Sam · October 12, 2023 at 8:54 pm

    I see, Scoop—burnout.

    And that’s why some good old-fashioned yard work might be right up Señor Toni’s alley. 😏

  • Scoop Malinowski · October 12, 2023 at 9:50 pm

    All uncle Toni really does now is write articles for El Pais or whatever it’s called, to take cheap shots at Djokovic and to spread propaganda to worship Rafa and promote the myth that injuries prevented Rafa from winning 50 majors

  • Sam · October 15, 2023 at 9:11 pm

    Well, Scoop, as a writer of fiction, Uncle Toni really needs to step his game up. 🏌🏻 😹

  • Scoop Malinowski · October 16, 2023 at 8:03 am

    Unlikely he ever gets another chance unless he pays a high profile player to let him sit in the box to promote Rafa academy which is what I believe the Felix deal was really about.



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