Novak Djokovic won his eighth Australian Open title last month. The Serbian defeated Dominic Thiem in a thrilling final to win his 17th major title. Earlier in the semifinals, Djokovic was victorious against Roger Federer to improve his winning record over the former world number one to 27-23. The Australian Open champion is now three major titles away from tying Federer’s record of 20 career Grand Slams. Djokovic’s parents have expressed their desire to see their son break Federer’s record. His father, Srdan, has been one of Federer’s most vocal critics and he recently launched a scathing attack on the Swiss player.

Federer is jealous of my son’s success

During an interview with a Serbian publication, Srdan claimed that Federer has always been envious of his son’s success. Djokovic’s father added that his son was always destined to outshine him. “Federer has been jealous of Novak from the moment he made his breakthrough because he knew that my son was better than him and that he would tower over him.” Srdan was even harsher with his assessment of the former number one’s character. “Federer is an outstanding tennis player, but I couldn’t say that about his humanity.”

Djokovic avoids criticizing Federer

This is not the first time that Djokovic’s parents have complained about Federer. Last year, his mother, Dijana, said she did not understand why fans failed to give her son the same adoration they gave to Federer and Rafael Nadal. She made the comments in reference to Djokovic’s victory over Federer at last year’s Wimbledon final, where the crowd appeared to cheer the 38-year-old to win the match. On his part, Djokovic has steered clear of his parent’s controversial comments. In a past interview, the Serbian said he did not want to start unnecessary conflicts. “I’ve read a lot of stuff suggesting that I am disliked but I really don’t have that impression. Even if that was true, why would I want to add fuel to the fire?”

Djokovic acknowledged that his rivals may be more popular than him but he did not interpret it to mean that fans disliked him. “It is a fact that most fans support Federer and Nadal against me but that’s due to what they represent in world tennis.” However, the Serbian has made no secret of his desire to end his career as the greatest tennis player of all time. In addition to chasing Federer’s Grand Slam record, he is also seeking to break the 38-year-olds record of310 cumulative weeks at the number one position.

 

Novak Djokovic’s ranking and performance in 2020

Novak Djokovic Stats info

Now ranked no.1, Novak played his last match on the 2nd of February when he beat Dominic Thiem 6-4 4-6 2-6 6-3 6-4 in the final of the Australian Open to win his 79th career title.

This season Djokovic has a 13-0 win-loss record. Djokovic clinched 2 titles in 2020 in ATP Cup and at the Australian Open.

Novak Djokovic

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