Novak Djokovic's outspoken father struck again and unloaded tennis legend Roger Federer because he was "jealous" of his son.
Fresh from Djokovic's triumph at the Australian Open, which also included a semi-final victory over Federer, the father of the Serbian star has once again pursued the 20-time Grand Slam champion.
Srdan Djokovic has repeatedly attacked Federer's character after accusing the Swiss ace who had recently had a knee operation and will be out at the French Open for being out of the field very different from the gentleman reputation for which he is famous ,
Srdan attacked Federer for the first time in 2013, saying, "Federer may still be the best tennis player in history, but as a man he is the opposite."
Novak Djokovic continued to apologize for his father's allegation, but Srdan apparently never forgot. His latest attack on Federer came from the Serbian newspaper Novosti, in which he again questioned Federer's "humanity".
"Federer was jealous of Novak from the moment he made his breakthrough knowing that my son was better than him and that he would tower over him," said Srdan. "Federer is an excellent tennis player, but I can't say that about his humanity."
Srdan said his son would soon reach Federer's record of 20 grand slam crowns – three points behind his eighth triumph at the Australian Open.
While his father continues to do his best to create a gap between the stars at the top of men's tennis, Djokovic tried on Wednesday to dispel the myths that he is outraged at how global tennis audiences have never hugged him like Federer and Rafael Nadal is worshiped around the world.
According to Serbian journalist Sasa Ozmo, Djokovic said he did not feel hostile to the lack of respect from some crowds around the world. Djokovic was mocked by the Australian crowd during his final win at the Australian Open against Dominic Thiem.
"I've read a lot of things that indicate that I'm not liked, but I really don't have that impression, especially outside the court," said Djokovic. "Even if that were true, why would I want to add fuel to the fire? I don't want to create negative emotions – hate and anger. I don't have bad feelings for people who don't support me. Still, I'm not proud of my occasional reactions on the pitch, as my passion sometimes overcomes my self-control.
"I will always admit that I make mistakes and I always try to learn from them. You reap what you sow and it is never my intention to produce bad energy. If I invest my energy in stories that I don't love, this story will continue to grow and why should I want to? Of course you always want people to cheer me on, but I don't want that negativity. These are not the flowers that I want to grow in my garden.
"It's a fact that most fans support Federer and Nadal against me, but that's because of what they represent in world tennis. That doesn't mean that the fans hate me, and it certainly doesn't mean that I have Serbia against the rest the world just because fewer people support me in the Grand Slam final. "