'Raise children, go ski, do something': Novak Djokovic's father SLAMS Roger Federer in bizarre rant
Djokovic Sr. issued his seemingly unprovoked attack at Federer in an interview with Sportklub, where he claimed the 20-time Grand Slam singles winner was only persisting with his career into his 40s because he can't accept Djokovic (17 Grand Slam titles) and Nadal (19) overtaking his achievements.
"Why do you think he still plays at 40?" said Srdjan.
"Imagine that, a 40-year-old man still plays tennis when he can go home and do some more interesting things.
"But since both Nadal and Novak are breathing down his neck, he simply cannot accept the fact that they will be better than him.
"Go, man. Raise children, do something else, go ski, do something. Tennis is not my whole life, it is just my son's current hobby."Also on rt.com US Open WILL go ahead in August, says New York governor Cuomo – setting up looming showdown with big-name stars
Djokovic Sr. also described Federer as "the typical cold Swiss," saying he was "a great rival to my son as well as a champion, but he is not good enough to be compared to Novak."
"Roger is the typical cold Swiss. A great rival to my son as well as a champion, but he is not good enough to be compared to Novak," he said.
Srdjan's comments contrast with those of his son Novak, who praised Federer and said the Swiss would likely return in top form after his latest injury layoff, which will keep him off the court until 2021.
"From Federer, everything can be expected because he is probably the greatest tennis player who has wielded a racket," said Novak.Also on rt.com Net returns: US Open 'happening' as planned – but world no.1 Djokovic is on a collision course as aces threaten to shun tournament