Djokovic Dad Says Federer “is envious” of Novak

Srdjan Djokovic has been quiet for a number of years but lately he has come out shooting from the hip with his lip.

Poppa Djokovic is dismayed with the media portrayal of his son and Roger Federer. “Federer is an outstanding tennis player but I could not say that about his humanity,” he told the Serbian newspaper Novosti. “Federer has been jealous of Novak since the moment he made his breakthrough because he knew that my son was better than him and that he would tower over him.”

The elder Djokovic has irritated the Swiss maestro with his words on other occasions, such as the match at Rome Masters when Federer barked to Djokovic’s father to “be quiet” during their match.

“It is unbelievable what everything is written about Novak. Nobody in the history of sport, not just tennis, accepts defeats like Novak. If he loses, he goes to his opponents on his own, congratulates them, kisses them and tells them, Master you were better than me today. And yet he has never received a fair play award like it is constantly handed over to Federer.”

“Novak will become the greatest tennis player of all time in the next two or three years.”



  • Andrew Miller · February 22, 2020 at 10:01 am

    What’s Federer’s dad say? Feels like TTonic…

  • Scoop Malinowski · February 22, 2020 at 10:20 am

    I don’t think Robbie Federer has ever said one single word to the media. Maybe he’s on gag order. Nadal’s father is silent to the media also. Upon thinking about it, most of the fathers of high profile players do stay silent and in the background. Poppa Djokovic is a different animal.

  • Hartt · February 22, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    Fed’s father (and also his mother) has done interviews, but I can’t imagine him responding to the statements Novak’s father made about Roger.

    In any interview I’ve heard, or read, Robert Federer is as charming as you’d expect him to be.

  • Jeff · February 22, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    Sometimes parents just don’t understand.

  • Scoop Malinowski · February 22, 2020 at 7:52 pm

    I respect Srdjan Djokovic speaking his mind and supporting his son. He makes legit points. When Federer beats Djokovic, Djokovic is warm and nice at the handshake. When Djokovic beats Fed, Fed is cold and does not show equal sportsmanship. Poppa Djokovic is pressuring Fed to change his approach when losing to Djokovic and to show more sportsmanship at the handshake. Is it possible Federer did not have surgery and wants to skip three months of clay and hard courts, and go all in on Wimbledon grass? Wimbledon is his only real chance to win a major.

  • Andrew Miller · February 22, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    TProse looks in mirror, sees TTonic

  • catherine · February 23, 2020 at 1:08 am

    Totally off topic Scoop but I have to ask this – who did you back in The Fight ?

  • Jeff · February 23, 2020 at 1:28 am

    There is no doubt Fed wanted to skip the clay season at this ancient age. He knows Wimbledon is his chance at glory. That is the only way to interpret this. He doesn’t want to go through a match in Paris against Rafa like last season.

    I’ll be shocked if this “injury” causes him to miss Halle.

  • catherine · February 23, 2020 at 8:53 am

    Jeff – Federer has a contract to play Halle every year so unless he’s incapacitated I’d expect him to be there.

    He probably had the surgery with his season already planned. Makes sense.

  • Scoop Malinowski · February 23, 2020 at 9:07 am

    Catherine. I thought it was fixed for wilder. I knew fury is far superior but wilder was protected his entire career. Last night wilder was sacrificed. Not sure why. Maybe they finally realized wilder still is a poor sell, bad draw, weak attraction so they sacrificed him. Fury at his best could beat anyone from history.

  • Scoop Malinowski · February 23, 2020 at 9:14 am

    Jeff. This surgery sure did come out of nowhere didn’t it? Like out of thin air. Now he will be perfectly fresh for wimble. Maybe he surmised playing Miami, clay and Roland Garros is why he lost the wimble final. Lost a fraction of energy in fifth set. Will be fresher to slay Novak this year.

  • Harold · February 23, 2020 at 9:22 am

    Kyrgios pulled out of a tournament to play basketball on the tournament grounds, and you’re giving more grief to a 38 year old who has won everything, most multiple times..think he’s earned the right to pick and choose whether he had surgery or not.

    I’m putting in a request to Feds agent to send Scoop and Jeff Feds MRI’s for the last 5 years.

    Is everything a conspiracy, or did Fed refusing to do a Biofile once he got big, fueling your trying to hide, hatred?

  • Hartt · February 23, 2020 at 10:05 am

    I think Fed is perfectly capable of skipping the clay season if he wants to without inventing an injury. Surely he did not have surgery just for the fun of it!

  • Scoop Malinowski · February 23, 2020 at 10:10 am

    If my speculations are true I respect Federer for skipping all these tournaments and gunning for Wimbledon. It’s smart and it gives him his best chance tow in another major. Not sure why you construe this theory as hate Harold. Strange. You have to admit this knee surgery certainly popped out of thin air. No sign of any injury in AO.

  • Scoop Malinowski · February 23, 2020 at 10:13 am

    Hartt, aren’t top players required to play Masters events? The theory is that it could be a phantom surgery. Again, we saw no sign of any knee injuru vs Djokovic in AO. He was winning the first set and finished the match rather strongly, pushing Djokovic to the limit. And he exited the court without a wheelchair.

  • catherine · February 23, 2020 at 10:52 am

    Federer’s surgery was minor – I can’t spell it but it was that arthr***scopy which often doesn’t even entail a hospital stay. So it’s very possible he could have played with the pain, knowing he wasn’t going to be on court again for a while.

  • hash1120@optonline.net · February 23, 2020 at 12:28 pm

    People that play Park tennis, play with bad knees as long as they can before having that Arthroscopic procedure. Doubt he did it to cover skipping the Clay. Only haters gonna give him grief..Doubt he cares

    You take subtle shots at Fed any chance you get. I don’t want to be Feds defender but it’s just weird your ( love maybe 10%, hate 90%) posts…

    Think the Big 3 have no rules regarding Masters anymore

  • Hartt · February 23, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    Scoop, I am shocked that you don’t know that Fed is not required to play any Masters tourneys. With his age, number of years on the Tour, and number of match wins, he is exempt from the Masters rule, as are Rafa and Novak.

  • Harold · February 23, 2020 at 1:06 pm

    Rules don’t fit into conspiracy theories

  • Hartt · February 23, 2020 at 2:43 pm

    Novak thinks Fed’s injury is real. And, as Novak said, tennis needs Roger.

    Michal Samulski
    “Djokovic on Federer’s injury:
    It was a surprise. I knew he was struggling with injury in Australia, but I think no one knew what is the injury. I’m sad to see Roger and Kevin Anderson going through this. I hope they will be back soon. Roger is Roger. This sport needs him.”

  • Scoop Malinowski · February 23, 2020 at 5:25 pm

    How do you figure I hate Federer for thinking he fabricated this surgery to avoid all touraments before summer grass? I don’t believe Federer in this instance. Doesn’t mean I hate him. I saw no sign of injury and this alleged surgery came out of the blue. People are insane to call questioning a player’s motives as hate. Would he at 38 going on 39 use a fake surgery to preserve his body for Wimbledon? It would be very smart to. I simply don’t believe him this time. I have that right. It’s not hate to do that. Like I have said here many times, it’s good and healthy to question everything. Take nothing at face value. I actually hope he did not have a surgery. This would mean his knee is more stable and stronger. And will last longer on the ATP. And some dummies call me a hater. Ridiculous.

  • Scoop Malinowski · February 23, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    Okay Hartt thanks I did not know that. I remember the time when top players were required to play Masters. I liked it that way. Better for fans.

  • Hartt · February 23, 2020 at 6:01 pm

    Scoop, there are specific rules covering the commitment players, those who were ranked in the top 30 the previous year, and the Masters tourneys. There are 3 ways the required number of Masters can be reduced: if a player has played 600 matches, if he has 12 years of service, and if he is a certain age (I think the age was reduced to 30). If he meets all 3 of these conditions he is not required to play any Masters tournaments.

  • Scoop Malinowski · February 23, 2020 at 8:06 pm

    Thanks Hartt, where did you get that info?

  • Jeff · February 23, 2020 at 10:20 pm

    I’m om the same page with Scoop. It’s not hate to say this injury came out of the blue. As Catherine said, Fed has a contract to play in Halle. Hence my point if he has to skip Halle, then we will know the injury is real because one thing we know about Fed is he will honor his contracts.

    So that’s why I will be shocked not to see him in Halle.

  • catherine · February 24, 2020 at 12:43 am

    I’m not getting into conspiracies but in this case there are too many people involved who know the facts about things to carry this one off. Fake surgery ? I suppose he went to a fake hospital too. Pull the other one.

    Federer doesn’t have to make up anything.

  • Scoop Malinowski · February 24, 2020 at 7:14 am

    Any hospital in bed photos? Back at home already? Using crutches?

  • Hartt · February 24, 2020 at 9:25 am

    Scoop, I had the info recorded in one of my notebooks, so don’t know where it came from originally. But have checked it a couple times in the past, so it is accurate.

  • Harold · February 24, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    Halle is in middle of June, people come back from Arthroscopic surgery in 2 or 3 weeks. He’ll definitely be hitting on grass, practicing while the Clay is going on

  • Scoop Malinowski · February 24, 2020 at 5:57 pm

    Harold did you see any photos of him on crutches or in a hospital? Wonder if there will be a scar on his knee.

  • catherine · February 25, 2020 at 12:36 am

    Why on earth should Federer share photos of himself on crutches or in hospital ? He doesn’t have to bother with conspiracy theories about his knee. As Harold says, Arthroscopic surgery is quickly recovered from.

  • Scoop Malinowski · February 25, 2020 at 9:26 am

    Djokovic said he was surprised Federer had a knee surgery. Maybe end it at that.

  • Harold · February 25, 2020 at 9:46 am

    Thought you were a journalist?

    Here’s the ENTIRE quote…

    “It was a surprise to hear about Federer’s injury and surgery. I knew he was struggling with an injury in the Australian Open. But I think no one knew what the injury is and how serious it is. I don’t like to see anybody going through a process of surgery,” Novak Djokovic told the reporters in Dubai.

  • Scoop Malinowski · February 25, 2020 at 9:56 am

    The main line zinger followed by the sugarcoating?

  • Scoop Malinowski · February 25, 2020 at 9:57 am

    Harold do you find it interesting that Djokovic did not publicly refute his father’s critical quotes of Federer?

  • Harold · February 25, 2020 at 10:08 am

    What I find interesting is Djoker said he “ whats app’s” with Fed and Nadal. But you glossed over on that, because it doesn’t fit your line of Subtle Fed bashing..

    Djoker fathers comments are what they are..his comments should be illuminating when Djoker passes them for most GS”s..gloves off

  • Scoop Malinowski · February 25, 2020 at 10:23 am

    What I would really like to know about that supposed Fed Rafa Djok we chat group is WHO initiated it? Wish they wouldn’t leave that part out.

  • Jeff · February 25, 2020 at 10:27 am

    Djokovic is right. The surgery is surprising. It is obvious Roger didn’t want to play Paris. And I don’t blame him. He has better things to do, quite frankly and owes tennis fans nothing. Good for him.

  • Scoop Malinowski · February 25, 2020 at 10:39 am

    Skipping Paris and saving his energy for Wimbledon gives him his best shot to win one final major title. Smart scheduling. He gave it a shot last year and played very well, came somewhat close. May have won if Rafa slipped on a line and twisted an ankle or got mono or a case of food poisoning. But it’s reasonable to conclude Fed burned up a lot of energy and his A plus game tennis on the clay courts. If Federer Lendls all his energy and focus on Wimbledon, he could do better than last year’s incredible though heartbreakingly failed result. (I guess accroding to Harold’s logic, I’m a Fed hater for saying all this. In Harold’s world you have to worship Federer and believe every single word he says to the media. Federer is too great and honorable to ever play possum or use mild deception or diversion tactics to accomplish his goals.)

  • Scoop Malinowski · February 25, 2020 at 10:42 am

    Would like to see Federer play mixed doubles in Roland Garros, with Serena or Coco. Would be good practice for him to tune up for Wimbledon.

  • Harold · February 25, 2020 at 10:54 am

    At 38 and 20 grand slams, you are the only fan, media person that Fed has to explain every move he makes. If he was 25 and playing Social Media like all the next genners, he’d have Ansel Adams come and photograph him in a hospital gown, going to physical therapy, yadda yadda yadda…

    I am a Fed fan, like and respect Nadal. Djoker on the other hand is the perfect foil. Respect his talent, and come to believe he will end up with the most Slams barring injury or another mind bending walkabout, or his wife hits him with a tire iron. Just lost all respect from the Monfils match back in his early days..love the fact that he cant get over the crowds never rooting for him against Fed or Nadal.. This generation Ivan Lendl..no one could ever warm up to him either

  • Scoop Malinowski · February 25, 2020 at 11:11 am

    Who said Federer has to explain his actions/decisions? Who said nobody is allowed to question Federer? I saw not even a hint of an injury in AO when Federer was beating Djokovic 4-1. I saw no hint of an injury at the end of the close tough match or when Federer exited the court. For a knee surgery to suddenly arise after that is very curious and anyone is allowed to question it.

  • Scoop Malinowski · February 25, 2020 at 11:12 am

    Harold, Why did you lose all respect for Djokovic after this five set win over Monfils at US Open on a hot afternoon out on the outer courts?

  • Harold · February 25, 2020 at 11:30 am

    Were you at that match? The fifteen minute massage..Fed was struggling with movement the entire AO. Did he look like a free flowing Fed against Millman and Sandgren( both played great), I don’t think so..

    Maybe Fed needs to scream some “Come ons” in English, or give you another glowing comment about your true love Rios, before you look back on his career and judge whether he was GOAT, whether he grew the game.

    This is the new big SW fan club. All Dan and Scoop care about is getting either Mac or Fed to play with( Fed)or against SW( Mac)

  • Scoop Malinowski · February 25, 2020 at 11:39 am

    I thought the timeouts vs Sandgren were stall tactics gamesmanship to ice Sandgren.

  • catherine · February 25, 2020 at 11:45 am

    Kenin loses to Yastremska SS in Doha – Sofia is learning about post GS slump.

    Wawrinka hit 35 aces v Tiafoe.

  • Andrew Miller · February 25, 2020 at 11:51 am

    Kenin is 1-3 since returning, with three straight losses – Fed Cup to Penko, Dubai to Rybakina, Doha to Yastremska.

  • Harold · February 25, 2020 at 11:54 am

    That’s where your head goes. I don’t assume there is an agenda behind EVERY action on a Tennis Court.

    Sure Fed has his gamesmanship ploys, but injury time outs, I don’t question, until the player starts running around the court like Bolt. Fed never looked good for any extended period during the AO..seemed like he was running on fumes from early in the AO

  • Jon King · February 25, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    I actually thought Kenin’s intense focus would immune her from the post GS slump. Guess not.

  • Harold · February 25, 2020 at 1:47 pm

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