Novak Djokovic’s Father: I Don’t Know Why Roger Federer Is Still Playing, He’s Already 34!
by Tom Gainey | March 13th, 2016, 10:32 am
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In a new interview with Newsweek, Novak Djokovic’s father, Srdjan, took a shot at Roger Federer questioning why the Swiss continues to play on the tour.

Talking about the Novak and Federer’s 2006 Davis Cup, Srdan said this:

“He showed himself to be the best player in the world but not as a good person at that time,” Srdjan says of Federer. “Nobody has ever treated Novak like this. I don’t understand why Federer is still playing tennis. I don’t know why he’s still playing—he’s already 34.”

And he told Novak that because of where he came from, he would have a tougher road that someone like Federer:

“I have always explained to Novak that he comes from a small country, a bombed country, with many wars, and that he will have a rough path throughout his life,” Srdjan says. “Novak never did anything to hurt anybody. But the boos make him stronger.”

When Novak defeated Federer in the U.S. Open semifinal of 2011, “out of 24,000 people, 23,000 were cheering for Federer. [Novak] won the match, took the microphone and said, ‘You are the best crowd in the world,’” Srdjan says and points to his temple. “This is his mental strength—like granite.”

Srdan also talked about the sacrifice the Djokovic family made for Novak. He said, “Everything was done to make Novak achieve what he has achieved today. As soon as I saw a small thing not going as planned, I would go somewhere else, for another coach.”

Another bit from Srdan:

It was a discipline Srdjan had engrained in the boy. “It is most important to keep your body healthy,” he says. “And it’s why he almost never gets injured.”

Djokovic begins play later today at Indian Wells against Bjorn Frutangelo.


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163 Comments for Novak Djokovic’s Father: I Don’t Know Why Roger Federer Is Still Playing, He’s Already 34!

Giles Says:

Srdjan the clown is at it again. 🙄


Okiegal Says:

I didn’t know that there was an expiration date on how long a person should play tennis. Wasn’t Connors 40ish???


Giles Says:

I take it joker won’t be playing till 34 then, cos his papa thinks its not the done thing.


madmax Says:

Oh dear


skeezer Says:

👎
Wow..


skeezer Says:

Lodhi, now you post.


Anku Says:

Poor Novak has to pay the price for his dad’s idiotic comments. Feel sorry for Novak, he has never sledged anyone in public and look.at his dad. Wow, Half the hate Novak is getting is because of his dumb parents. Weirdos..


Margot Says:

@OK
Mac is still playing of course:)…….veterans……
re your comment about teeth, the old jokes are the best m’dear ;)


jalep Says:

Click Bait.


Margot Says:

Children are not responsible for their parents.
The end.


Green Lady Says:

Sorry Temple if your reading,i agree with Jalep,pure click bait….


Van Persie Says:

Staff,

At least have the dignity and post the entire article from Newsweek, not only some copy paste..

http://europe.newsweek.com/novak-djokovic-father-exclusive-interview-436106?rm=eu


jane Says:

yes to jalep and margot…


J-Kath Says:

Yep Margot
You can pick your friends but not your relatives.

PS: – Scotland v.France – was too painful to watch in 1st half …but glory be 2nd half much better -Scotland won 29-18…


Giles Says:

Soooo, can we expect an apology from joker for his father’s dumb comments? He did apologise on a previous occasion.


Van Persie Says:

Looking forward now for some smart “article” with Taylor Fritz future Nr. 1


jalep Says:

Van Persie, the less hyped, Francis “Big Fo” Tiafoe, 18 yr. old, #177, never played an ATP match, Big Fo, clobbered Fritz 1st round!

They are good friends and Taylor’s never beaten Big Fo …in juniors or wherever they played. Tiafoe “knew” he could beat Taylor and got the biggest win of his career in IW with his friends watching. It was a 3 setter – good match. Crowd loved it.


Lodhi Says:

@skeezer

Great post skeez. Wow followed by an emoji That’s deeeeeeep stuff. But I was hoping you’d say more than that. This needs a thorough answer from the head priest of the Temple of Federer.


Van Persie Says:

Thanks Jalep ;)


George Says:

@Van Persie: Thank you for the link. He indeed said some interesting things; much more interesting than what was emphasized by the blog title.


jane Says:

b.t.w., the guy who wrote this article also tweeted things like this – very professional, clearly. ;) lol!!

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CdYLiOdUMAAu3md.jpg


Van Persie Says:

Lol Jane. This guy is a genius for sure. Thanks for the information


Van Persie Says:

I guess Noles father is bored once in a while and gives interviews to some idiots


skeezer Says:

“Children are not responsible for their parents.
The end.”
margot, perfect.
—–
Lodhi(HR),
Right on cue, good job.


Wog Boy Says:

I don’t think anything is wrong with this statment or it is incorrect:
====
“He showed himself to be the best player in the world but not as a good person at that time,” Srdjan says of Federer. “Nobody has ever treated Novak like this.
=====
Keep the fire burning Srdjan, you are smart man and good father.


Wog Boy Says:

VP,

Srdjan is just doing his job, he is not stupid;)


Van Persie Says:

Would like to drink a Rakija with Srdjan, would be fun for sure :)


Wog Boy Says:

JK,

If you are on this thread, congratulations.


Van Persie Says:

I do not think he is stupid, I like him, WB ;).


Wog Boy Says:

I don’t know if he is allowed, but I bet has best rakija in his restaurants.


Wog Boy Says:

VP,

Nole is little bit flat, Srdjan senses that, he needs inspiration..


Green Lady Says:

Wogboy lol,your walking a tightrope my friend ;)….


Van Persie Says:

He will never forget that incident from 2006. That incident hurt Nole and him a lot…and I know, Serbian do not forget things easily :)


Van Persie Says:

^^ for WB


chrisford1 Says:

Came here with the link, but Van Persie has already put up a link to the whole article, which has some nice insights.
Novak’s dad – you cannot say he is dumb. Or Novak’s mom. Having one bright child of not so bright parents happens a fair amount – given the bell curves and outliers idea of inherited intelligence, but not 3 sons, all quite bright.

Sometimes for sure he says stuff that may cause Novak to plant his palm in his face, but never reveal that in public – as he graciously does some damage control. Sometimes it is a translation thing, as Srdjan’s English is not close to the fluency of his sons.

To me, the interesting things new to me.
1. The way he sees it, Federer started the rancor he and his wife feel still to this day by belittling their beloved son on several occasions. The #1, the “Religious Experience” – had a very talented newcomer and instead of welcoming him, accepting the rookie had problems he was trying to work out – was dismissive and disrespectful. It makes the Djokovic parent’s remarks 2006-09 more understandable. To them, they were dishing it back at Roger.
2. A lot of talk about ‘power’as a commodity of limited amount that there is only so much to gift others with.
3. Novak was an unusual child. The usual thing in kids is being selfish and self-centered. Djokovic was never like that. Driven, but sensitive to others.
4. Guilty he did not have enough time or power left to give to his two other sons as he focused on Novak.
5. Still discouraged on Serbia’s prospects of becoming a prosperous nation where people have a future.
6. Lot of warmth in the Djokovics for the Murray family. Enough that he hopes Andy will fix his flaws as Srdjan sees them, and do as good as he can on court, even maybe at Novak’s expense. Because it will make both stars even better players.
7. He noted that even as a teen, Novak was thinking about a long career. He began taking care of himself with a disciplined lifestyle and long prep for any big exertion, even in practice sessions. To avoid injury, strains, wear and tear in his future career. Novak knew where he was going.


J-Kath Says:

Taa WogBoy

Pity they couldn’t have brought it on earlier.


Wog Boy Says:

GL

Not a first time, I been practicing my whole life a tightrope walking my friend. Nole is flat and he has most importan six months of his career infront of him, he has to be shaken properly from the shoes upwards and who knows the best haw to do it…Srdjan.

BTW, how sweet was few days ago beating ManU 2:0:)


Green Lady Says:

Wogboy lol,yeah you need a thick skin to blog on an internet forum sometimes….

And any team that beats Man UTD gets my vote especially when its LVC its doubly sweet,the only team i dislike more would be Arsenal,i wonder if Leicester can actually do it,i just cannot take it seriously no matter how hard i try,i can buy Tottenham doing it but Leicester??in the words of J.Man you cannot be serious????….


Wog Boy Says:

Just quickly, I have to go, I wouldn’t be surprised if Nole doesn’t do well at IW.


Okiegal Says:

@Margot…I love humor!!

Waiting patiently for two matches. Novak and someone else.

@WB…..oh, ye of little faith…..Novak will have no probs…..


didi Says:

OMG this guy is so low rent.


Ahfi Says:

Thought ‘Donald Drumpf’ was the only clown around these days!!


Dave Says:

I wouldn’t be surprised if Nole doesn’t do well at Indian Wells this year either. He is off at the moment for sure. I didn’t understand the Federer playing at 34 comment as well, but I haven’t read the whole article. I recently talked to a player on the ATP tour about Federer and he said that Federer doesn’t go in the players locker room ever and that he isn’t the easiest guy to talk to. Becker and Nole’s dad have said it how it is with Federer, which at the end of the day isn’t going to win you many voters when Federer is the most popular player by far on the planet. I don’t see Federer as a truly open down to earth person, but I have never met him to know for sure, only seen him in interviews. I will say that it lacks tact to attack players openly in the public eye the way Becker and Nole’s dad did, even if it is true. Trying to look at it from both sides.


Dave Says:

Sorry to go off topic, but I didn’t understand why Rafa was hitting some of his first serves under 100 miles an hour. Is it because he is playing doubles and doesn’t want to accidentally hit his partner? Or is his power really that far gone these days? Pauly, AndyMira? Anybody have any thoughts on this? If he doesn’t show more power than that, he won’t be beating Klizan or Verdasco with how flat and hard they hit their groundstrokes.


J-Kath Says:

Green Lady

I’m not a football fan but when I’m driving I just leave the radio to whatever it happens to be on and on Friday I heard the extraordinary money people were making by betting on Leicester City to win the Premier League????!!!!


AndyMira Says:

@Dave..now you’re wondering?i’m scratched my head till i’m almost bald now..i’ve mentioned this too many times before..heck..a women’s player like sabine.serena,venus,ana serves much faster than rafa!I guess..like pauly said..he didn’t flatten his shots when he served,still with too much spin on it..and rafa’s topspin is crazy heavy..3500 to 4200 rpm..and the nature of heavy topspin is just that..they’re heavy..and it will slow the ball considerably compared to the flatter shot or serve..and i think rafa still suffered the consequences from back injury even though he said he’s fine now..sorry i don’t buy it..how would you explain,his serve dropped dramatically after AO 2014?Sometimes it reached crazy slow for a guy..

One more thing,i think he’s still cautious when he served because he don’t want to put too much pressure on his back,knowing that area is still fragile and it could get injured anytime soon if he’s not careful..so Dave.. that’s my honest observation..don’t know if anyone out there got more accurate analysis about rafa’s serve..


AndyMira Says:

To ALL roger’s fan,i hope you all will take it easy ok..this article only wants to goad you to give a vicious respond..that’s all..


AndyMira Says:

By the way,a good fight from Fratangelo..don’t know whether he can sustain it to 2nd set..they’re usually stumbled and fade away after that..


Dave Says:

Even if Nole wins, it’s clear that something is off with him and has been off with him for a few weeks now. I’m really not surprised. Fratangelo hits the ball hard and flat and looked good in his first round match. Nole is having HUGE issues with his backhand, which goes back to Davis cup as well. He can’t hit the backhand down the line at all at the moment and is dumping so many into the net and far down the net.


Dave Says:

This is harder to watch than the Lopez match. He is really playing poorly at the moment. I don’t think I have ever seen this many miss hits this quickly in a match from Nole. Wow.


Eric Says:

Why is Roger still playing tennis at the age of 34 you ask???

Because he’s THE GOAT THAT’S WHY!!!


AndyMira Says:

@Dave..didn’t he make 100 UE’s at AO?And at Davis cup against kukushkin he made 99 UE’s right?I also think there’s something with him at the moment but looking at the scores now..he’s back!


chrisford1 Says:

On Rafa – I think it is his back. He is having some back problems now that don’t seem to be going away and it’s impacting his core strength. Leading to wussy serves and sort balls. I don’t know if it’s going to get any better.

Dave – Srdjan Djokovic appears uninterested in how many “votes” of beloved Fed’s followers he loses in the process. Follows his heart, wants his son to be as popular as he should be, but cares nothing about his own “likes” by tennis fans. Just wants to debunk some of the “Fed is such a noble soul, it was Djokovic’s low class that even sweet Fed had to publicly guide the callow youth on the right path” – Official Narrative.
Same with “no love lost between those two” Becker. Something about Fed irritates Boris.
Meanwhile, Djokovic has to work with the guy. Even friends cannot be friends when they are in a big rivalry with millions to be gained or lost by the winner of their encounters. They rip each other’s hearts out at times (the USO finals, the 2011 French OPen semi, the last 2 WImbledons and ATP Championships. Plus Fed fans that liked Nole as “Guardian of Feds Records” by being the only one who could take down Rafa with any regularity – resumed disliking Nole once he was on a path to being a “Co-great” Of the era. So the best NOvak can look forward to is to forge a codial relationship based on mutual respect. And that appears to exist and Srdjan or Mirka or Becker isn’t going to change that. Nole and Roger seem comfortable with it that way.


AndyMira Says:

Oh my God,i salute this guy!Even rafa can’t stand up to novak like this..


Pauly Says:

GILES

Finally I agree with you
Djokovic’s father is indeed one big imbecile


Dave Says:

Chrisford1,

There is no way Federer and Djokovic have ever been friends. I’m not sure if that was what you were implying. I can’t figure out the motive for why Nole’s dad would say why is Federer playing at 34 when there is a very good possibility that Nole will be doing the same thing. Federer could play until he is 40 with that good of a serve and still win matches and the occasional tournament. It wouldn’t surprise me at all. Same with Nole. He could play deep into his 30′s as well. IF they want to keep playing the game, it’s up to them.


skeezer Says:

Fed continues to play cause his fans(who dominant the globe) want him to, as he has said. Sjordislime is doing his usual jealousy rant, he wishes Fed was Nole, but he ain’t. Guess what? Fed comes from a very small country. Don’t compare.
Click, whoosh, bang……Mic drops.


Dave Says:

If Rafa loses tonight, I will finally admit that he is toast. I had no idea his back was still bothering him from 2 years ago. I didn’t know it was this much of an issue. If he can’t trust his back again, he will either need surgery like Andy, or retire. Because no player can get by if you take literally 20% of their power away from them. Look at Del potro averaging 50 miles an hour on the backhands. Berdych completely exposed him in the last match. If he doesn’t get that power back in his backhand, he is done against the big players. You can’t ask any top player to get to the top if you take away that much power from them. They would all fail, any top player.


Dave Says:

Skeezer,

I respect your opinion, but I have to disagree with you. Federer plays to protect his records and add to them. He has even said that in interviews before. I’m sure he also plays for his fans. But if that was the main motivation and not winning and preserving the records, he wouldn’t be getting that sentimental in my opinion. And also the love of the game as well is important to him. But if winning wasn’t happening or not even close to happening, which he has been very close to winning majors in the past 2 years, he wouldn’t be sticking around for the fans as his main motivation. He can say that all he wants, but I don’t agree. Just my opinion.


Tennisfan Says:

This isn’t new stuff coming from Nole’s dad. I’d be more shocked if anyone from Rafa’s team started trashing Fed (or vice-versa)


Pauly Says:

Dave

If Rafa lost tonight it was all over for him in 2016
No way could he bounce back from first round loss at IW
However he won & maybe he can gain some much needed confidence .

As for this article about Djokovic’s father … What can you expect from a father who thinks his son is the greatest ever tennis player ?
Imbecilic rants without merit …


AndyMira Says:

@Tennisfan at 12:41,rafa’s team will never ever trashing Fed like you said,the respect between them is tremendous..


Van Persie Says:

^^ and Nole would never call another tennis player a joke.
Even if Fed is the GOAT, he’s a fake character….I prefer some of Noles father comments to Fed’s judgements over the other.


Van Persie Says:

and I hope, with all my heart, that this arrogant dude Federer will come back on tour. I wanna see Nole trashing him again and again


danica Says:

Well said VP!

I have tremendous respect for Roger’s achievements and as far as I am concerned he is welcome to be on tour until he is 50, but comments he had for Novak and shouting at his parents to shut up DO NOT confirm the pathetic mantra about his class (or rather “class”). Not to mention his “jokes” on Andy’s expense.

And besides, Srdjan is right – Serbia had very bad press in the nineties and that would affect Novak’s acceptance on the tour, in the media, it would affect his scheduling and so on. The sport should not suffer for political reasons and yet, our best teams were forbidden to take part in the OG in Barcelona (where we were almost sure to win medals in at least basketball and water polo, handball most likely too). Instead, only a handful of individual athletes were allowed to participate under some non-existant flag. Monica Seles, her father said so, took the US citizenship exactly for these reasons: it was obvious to them that there were double standards and that she was mistreated as a Yugoslav/Serbian citizen.


Van Persie Says:

Agree with you completely Danica, unfortunatelly the sport was and still is influenced by external politics. It is sad, unfair, but this will never change…


Wog Boy Says:

“Guess what? Fed comes from a very small country. Don’t compare.”

I know that Americans are bad with geography (understatement), but to put in the same perspective “small Switzerland and smal Serbia” is either lack of education or hate and desparation due to lack of arguments.

In order to educate yourself, go and check Swiss income per capita, GDP, unemployment rate and compare with Serbia, not to mention that Switzerland never had a war nor was destroyed, Belgrade (and Serbia) was destroyed five times only in last century, last time in 1999.

No wonder you are Roger fan, you both have same level of arrogance and ignorance.


Pauly Says:

Novak’s father has no respect for either Federer nor Nadal but he has right to say what he thinks !
Can’t stop him from expressing his views even though they’re the ravings of an idiot
Let him say whatever he feels … His son is gonna be the one who will lose credibility in the end


Wog Boy Says:

Pauly,
I like you but you are wrong, why would he (Srdjan) lose credibility, for speaking his mind and speaking the truth. No mate, he can only gain respect. Check the article again and tell me what did he say that didn’t happen or is not true?

As for asking why Roger still plays, well that’s his personal opinion that he is entitled on, but to be honest wuite a few Rogers fan asked the same question on TX, particularly during and after 2013, urging their idol to retire, no?


Van Persie Says:

Lol Pauly, and how much credibility has earn Federer by calling Nole a joke…

Noles credibility stands in his achievements, and not in his fathers comments (which I like, tbh)


J-Kath Says:

@WogBoy

It’s true Switzerland hasn’t been involved in wars in recent centuries but….
Switzerland’s wars started early 14th century and they won them all until 1511-1516 when they were defeated by France, Scotland & Venice. The Swiss Peasant Civil War was 1653….this was the one I remembered which led me to Wiki….

Recent times, they are only involved in collecting/storing the glittering gains….


Van Persie Says:

“It’s true Switzerland hasn’t been involved in wars in recent centuries but….”

Their bancs have only financed Germany during WW2..they are soooo clean


Wog Boy Says:

“Recent times, they are only involved in collecting/storing the glittering gains….”

Very true JK:)


Van Persie Says:

^^ That part from JK-s comment is art indeed :)


Michael Says:

I feel that Novak’s father by losing control of his tongue is landing his son in a huge embarrassment. What he has said about Roger is certainly not in good taste and he has to mind his own business than wondering as to why Roger is still playing at 34. It is Roger’s own business and he knows what is best to his career. He can well play even at 50 if he wishes so and there can be no restrictions.

Earlier too, he landed Novak in a sort of squirming position when he talked disparingly about Roger and Rafa and claimed that they were jealous about the growth of his Son and that caught Novak in a tight corner who had to handle probing, inquisitive and hostile questions by the Media to clear the misapprehensions that he didn’t necessarily share his father’s views.

It is possible that Novak’s family doesn’t like the imposing behavior of Roger, but such misgivings should not be made public on grounds of ethics and will not be appreciated by a majority to be in good taste.


Tennisfan Says:

Come on people- you’re really chastising Roger for something he can’t even control? It’s not like he personally chose to be Swiss and not Serbian lol. And even though he made disingenuous statements about Novak/Andy in the past; its pretty obvious he now respects them both. Of course Federer has many flaws but he’s hardly the caricature of a villain that Srdjan makes him out to be. Its more telling that Novak’s dad harps on about the guy instead of building a bridge and getting over it. The main thing stopping him is clearly his massive ego, lol.


Van Persie Says:

Tennisfan,

I really do not care… Roger could be also a penguin. I do not like him, cozz he’s arrogant, and he made several stupid comments on some tennis players.


Pauly Says:

Novak was considered a JOKE in the past by everyone
He retired from matches
Was always injured
Federer didn’t know Novak was really having problems with sinus blockage when he called him a joke
Novak’s father should let it go stop all this bullshit & just forgive Roger … No need to bring back bad blood
He also slammed Nadal in the past but no need for anymore sledging enough is enough
As for him expressing himself go for it but it won’t achieve nothing but bitter feelings between 3 champions


Green Lady Says:

Pauly i left you some posts on the Nadal golfing thread….


Pauly Says:

Green lady

I’m Nadal’s biggest fan that’s why I sometimes am very hard on him … I just want him in beast mode again before his career ends
As for calling him buttpicker it’s one of the most annoying things when watching him
No disrespects


Van Persie Says:

Pauly,

“Novak was considered a JOKE in the past by everyone”…There are some persons on this site and in tennis world, which are not evryone. These persons are the SPECIAL ones ;)


AndyMira Says:

Agree with Michael up there..i feel sympathy for novak whom i believe will have to do a damage control after this..as if he didn’t have enough on his plate already..and the bad things is..we’re close to FO now..where the majority of it’s audience is no doubt were roger’s fan..and FO as we all know is novak’s biggest goal ever..the pressure must be double this year with this latest attack on roger..but maybe he can handle Phillip chatrier crowd smoothly like he handled the hostile new york crowd last fall..we will see..but personally i think novak’s father choose the wrong time to tackle such a sensitive subject..he at least has the decency to do it after the FO when the pressure is not on novak shoulder anymore..not that i agree with what he said about roger..but everybody has their own opinion..what can we say about that?


Van Persie Says:

Do not worry, AM, Nole is used to this. It will make him stronger ;)


Wog Boy Says:

Just for the record, my post has nothing to do with Roger being Swiss, English or Eskimo, it was about puting in to the same perspective two countries and growing up in them as certain poster suggested, particularly growing up in late 90s. when they can’t be more further away. That’s all, and Srdjan is private person who was asked the question and he spoke his mind, that’s his right, he doesn’t have to be PC and praise the person that he dislikes, he is not running for any ATP position, and I am sure Nole knows his father and what he thinks. If somebody’s parents and wife are banned for giving interviews that doesn’t mean the other players parents and wives should do the same.
Time for Sensodyne..


Tennisfan Says:

@VP

Let’s agree to disagree then (Y)


Green Lady Says:

Pauly if its so annoying,then why talk about it,your walking right into the hands of his naysayers,its such strange terms to use from a fan i must say,Nadal gets enough stick from the haters,he certainly doesnt need it from his so called fans?….


Green Lady Says:

^To add i dont think the guys perfect,but ive never actually seen a post where you have defended him?^….


Margot Says:

In the interview I read:
http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/mar/13/srdjan-djokovic-andy-
murray-novak-djokovic-tennis
Nole’s dad says a lot more about Andy than he does about Fed, and nothing that Andy fans would disagree with, this one anyway.
Have just read Rafa intends to sue. Good. Goooo Rafa.
@Skeeze
I am indeedy……;)


Wog Boy Says:

….and I dare anybody telling him what to do and how to say, even late Jelena Gencic said that he was short tempered man and very hard to deal with, but since she knew what he was going through in order to give Nole best chance to succeed she completely understood him and knew how to approach him i deal with him, and she said that he never ever interfered with tennis side of Nole’s life, he left that to them, coaches.


Wog Boy Says:

Margot,

I read that one, glad you read it too, I didn’t want to bring it here, but that was much bigger part of interview than few sentences about Roger. That just proves that he is his own man with his opinion, and to be honest I mostly agree whit what he said about Andy and reasons for not achieving more, since he deserved it with his talent and work ethics.


Pauly Says:

Green lady

I’ll defend him when he starts playing like the Nadal of old ?
Hopefully soon as clay starts he can start winning again fingers crossed


Pauly Says:

French open is what Djokovic needs to finally gain some respect … Win this year & it will give him more satisfaction than his wife


Green Lady Says:

Oh well at least you will make the Nadal naysayers happy….


Green Lady Says:

Margot thanks for the info on the Nadal doping issue,hopefully we can put it all to bed once and for all,and Rafa will be left alone,although somehow i very much doubt it?….


Van Persie Says:

Tennisfan,

I do not have any problems with the origins of the tennis players or artists: I like Thiem (Austrian), Zverev (born in Russia, but lives in Germany), I love Nole (Serbe), I love American literature, music and american movies, I admired Sampras…I love GB and Ireland, they did offer so many great artists..

As WB said, we were talking about the difference between Serbia and Swiss.
And I still believe that politics has influences over sports. Danica gave a very good example…

I have no problem with Roger beeing a Swiss, do not like him as a person.


Wog Boy Says:

VP,

Nole is pretty safe in IW;)

http://m.zimbio.com/photos/Novak+Djokovic/Mike+Tyson
/2016+BNP+Paribas+Open+Day+7/MlVUTtyJsfE


Van Persie Says:

Lol WB, thank you for the info.
Love that foto ;)
Nole is in good hands in IW :)


mat4 Says:

@Margot:

It would be wiser for Rafa not to sue Roselyne Bachelot on this. IMO, he won’t do it, since, I guess, he hasn’t forgot that she was minister of sport in 2009.

About Sharapova and meldonium: it’s the continuation of the now frontal attack on Russian sport and Russia in general. Top players like Fed, Novak, Andy, Maria, can obtain undetectable PEDs for 50 thousands euros or dollars a year. This affair is primarily a political one.


mat4 Says:

@Sarah:

American banks financed the German government before WWII the most… WWII was the way for the US to get out of the Great depression.


Green Lady Says:

I guess Nadal will never be left alone when it comes to talk of doping?….


Van Persie Says:

@ Mat4,

I did not say, that only Swiss financed Germany. I only said, they also participated there with some money ;)


AndyMira Says:

Hey VP,how are you?Yes..i know novak can handle it but still as a father he shouldn’t put his son in an awkward/uncomfortable position just to satisfy his own needs..besides the incident happened long ago..if we have kids..the kids already grow up to be almost teenager now..and novak and roger also grown up to be a very mature and superb athlete..and novak to his credit can face roger on and off court like a true gentleman that he is..they respect each other..that’s the most important things..right?


Van Persie Says:

AM,
I am fine, thank you :) Hope you 2.

But I see, that one comment from Noles father is news of the day. lol
We confrunt much bigger sh..t these days, don’t U thinK?


Van Persie Says:

Correction for my post from 7:25 am. Alex Zverev was born in Hamburg, Germany. His parents are Russian


AndyMira Says:

Yes i’m fine too VP..tq..and VP you never used a s@#$ word with me before..i guess it’s time for me to duck under the table yes?It’s nice chatting with you again VP..hope you’re happy no matter what you do..


Van Persie Says:

AM, the word was not directly adressed to you. Did not mean to be rude.

It is just, that I am not affected by Noles father comments….that’s all. And I have posted the entire day regarding this, and I think it is enough for me :)
Personally,I do not see, how this comment about Roger could affect Noles career. It was always obvious, that his father does not like him…..and he has his reasons, which I respect.


Humble Rafa Says:

My uncle will never give a useless interview like that.


AndyMira Says:

That’s alright VP..i understand..if someone use a word s@#$ or f$#@ that means they’re in p#@$%# mood..so my job is to back off so it will not turn to flare which is not good..don’t worry about it k?


Van Persie Says:

Hehe, Humble Rafa,not that it would be very relevant, what Toni Nadal would have to say these days :)
No offence


Van Persie Says:

AM,

I am in a good moods, but I use also such words sometimes…they are also in the dictionary :)


AndyMira Says:

Glad to hear that VP..working today or finished already?


Van Persie Says:

AM, was today at work, but I posted once in a while for Nole ;)


J-Kath Says:

VP @ 4.55am

There’s lots of “suing” going on right now – didn’t want to be sued by the “we can do what we like” Swiss Banks!!!!


George Says:

Based on this interview, it seems to me that Novak’s father is kind of ego-maniac and little bit mad (God, chosen one etc.). Having said all that, if Novak was my son, I wouldn’t mind to be a raven lunatic. I like that Novak’s father doesn’t give a dime what others will say and that he called spade a spade as he sees it.


Van Persie Says:

J-Kath,

You are right. I should be more carefull ;)
I could not afford Rafas or Marias lawyer :)


J-Kath Says:

VP:

Me too! Not sure I can afford any. Still trying to conclude my husband’s “estate”.

Hoping Andy wins tonight…..


Van Persie Says:

JK,

I do not think, that Delbonis may cause Andy troubles tonight. Theoretically he should win in 2 sets.


Van Persie Says:

JK,

May I ask you something personal? I am fascinated by scottish people. Are you tall, do you have red hair and blue eyes? I imagine you look like Annie Lenox, my favorite scottish singer.


chrisford1 Says:

Michael – “It is possible that Novak’s family doesn’t like the imposing behavior of Roger, but such misgivings should not be made public on grounds of ethics.”
==============

Is it ethical to ever criticize a thing, a person, or have any sort of misgivings?


Lodhi Says:

skeez, you’ve been dropping your mic a lot lately; i hope everything is alright dear.


skeezer Says:

Lodhi,
Appreciate your womanhood, but I am fine with when I drop my own mic thank u


Lodhi Says:

Ah, glad that you’re ok when your mic droops. Carry on with the good work.


Michael Says:

Thank you Andy Mira !!

And Chris – I am not getting you !? Can you be a little elaborate !?


AndyMira Says:

@Michael..u’re welcome..and once again i agree with you..when i read CF1 comment last night,i also scratched my head..what did he mean actually..because it seems your statement is innocence enough to me..but then we will hear from CF1 soon..


Rahul Says:

Novak was a completely different player back then and players were right to question his injuries and sickness. He even lost a lot of fans and popularity for what fans believed was him faking illness.

Of course Srdjan will be biased but he is wrong in this regard and his remarks against Roger are quite absurd and out of place.


Purcell Says:

WB 6:56 Thank goodness the parents of Nadal, Murray and Federer keep their private thoughts in their private heads and thus prevent them issuing from each private mouth. Yet again, your excuses for the utterances and behaviour of this piece of work mark you out as the worst type of fan boy.


Purcell Says:

JK: not remotely interested in football but living in close proximity to Leicester I can’t help but feel pleased for the success of the team. I sincerely hope they maintain their lead and possibly win. The city now has Richard 3rd (sorry York), John Lewis (bleuggghhh) and a cheerful football manager. It’s all been a long time coming.


Purcell Says:

Danica, how many times do I have to repeat this. Roger said, “Be quiet ok” in response to the constant barracking from the Djokovic camp.


Green Lady Says:

Purcell im a huge football fan and i completely agree with you about Leicester City,its refreshing to have a different team in contention to win the EPL,rather than the usual teams dominating,not even a fan of LCFC but im really rooting for them,i think it will be an amazing story….


chrisford1 Says:

Michael – I question your use of the term “ethical” as in there is some moral basis for never criticizing someone in the same line of work as your kid is in. Perhaps in some sense of genteel politeness, one must never criticize a being as high up on the Pantheon as ROger…but it is not morally wrong to do so. Nor do parents get paid to adhere to a code which requires they never criticize officials, linesmen, the umpire.

Purcell – Your observation is silly. Perhaps you have never heard the name Judy Murray aka Andy’s tormentor, and general heckler. Judy has the distinction of having Roger, a tournament official, AND Andy tell her to be quiet in the same match..riding Andy, ragging on Fed, and booing on line calls.
And Nole’s dad, remember, was “all in” on the bet that his son, starting at age 7 was worth spending the whole family savings on and dodging landlords and loansharks in war hit Belgrade – because he would be a star and repay it all.
Both Novak’s parents were very enthusiastic because he made the Tour, rocketed up the rankings and was vying to be the best and they were more than financially secure again. His brothers and grandfather could buy things, work on their own careers with the help of some of the money returned from Novaks winnings and sponsors.


George Says:

@Rahul: The reason I stopped liking Federer were his comments about Djokovic in 2006. Instead of embracing young emerging player, he did quite the opposite. I am sure that Federer’s statements at the time did not help Nole to find sponsors and get support when he was at the critical stage of his career. Kudos to Federer for realising Djokovic’s potential earlier than anybody else; he did try to kill the embryo of the future (potential) GOAT, but it did not happen for him.


Van Persie Says:

Djokovic never insulted other players, like Fed dit.
I am pleased that he keeps his privat thoughts in his head.


Van Persie Says:

Btw, that bigheaded Mirka is a disgrace in Feds camp


jalep Says:

Popular thread. Tennis-x knows the business.


Wog Boy Says:

@Purcell @10:50,

I’ll take that as a compliiment, considering it is cming from the worshiper of the order of St Roger, thanks for compliment.


Rahul Says:

@George Do you really believe the Novak of today would have pulled out of matches or even worse just stop trying like he used to?

It became a joke that Novak would go on to be the first player to default in every slam. Kudos to him for pulling it together but he certainly didnt deserve any praise back then. The players were right to call him out for it.


Wog Boy Says:

“Kudos to Federer for realising Djokovic’s potential earlier than anybody else; he did try to kill the embryo of the future (potential) GOAT, but it did not happen for him.”

Spot on!


Van Persie Says:

I like George too ;)


skeezer Says:

The “worshiper of the order of St Djokovic” is a postin’ away his love for RF again. Woohoo.
—-
“Djokovic never insulted other players, like…”
No, he lets his Daddy do that for him.


Wog Boy Says:

Of course, who else but aorher worshiper is spewing another lie, please quote the insult. Opinion is not an insult.
It looks like worshipers are competing who is going to lie more, first one lied that St Roger plays Basel for a free, when confronted with Swiss link that he was payed $500K tax free appearance fee for years before he asked for undisclosed sum believing to between 1-1.5 million dollars she disappeared for a while without explaining where did she get information that he played for free.
They should learn by now that Santa Clause is actually St Nicholas, so that place is already occupied, you have to find another role for your man.


J-Kath Says:

@Purcell

I’m also not interested in football …but hearing what I heard on the car radio…I went into a Bookies and asked about the odds re. Leicester City via Newcastle & onwards. The odds of LC winning were thru the roof…and there it is they won again tonight. Some people have made fortunes!!!!


J-Kath Says:

VP: Just saw your question….I’m the opposite: 5ft. 4in. green eyes, darkish hair – Gaelic complexion (which means highly flushed whenever I stay too long in the sun). I do have a big grin, a big laugh, and usually loads of energy and loads of bad habits.


Drew Says:

For the love of God!!!

Make your website mobile optimized!!!!


joe Says:

Looks , like the stupidity has a long tradition in this Serb family!!!!!!

What a poor country…..no one in the history was so badly treated yeah???

what an idiot??? your sons money came to your brain……

Anyway the apple falls not far away from the tree………. and that’s the true…Dear stupid father


Lodhi Says:

@skeez Top comment from the greatest defender Federer ever had in his legions. Really admirable Trump-like aggression from the master of droopy mics.


skeezer Says:

@Lodhi
Trump? That is your boy toy, not mine. Happy stalking….


Purcell Says:

Let’s see now. We’ve got a ‘silly’ (quote) slobbering stalker, an unimaginative, weeping footballer and a grudge bearing, name calling fanatic and a few hangers on who have yet again proved they are incapable of realising that all the insulting features they use in their responses apply to themselves. Take it on the chin boys. Your obsession with trying to bring down Roger Federer and his fans would be admirably determined if it were not so emotionally clouded.


Van Persie Says:

^^ and we have a piglet. “Purcell” in Romanian means piglet, I am only sorry that there is also a great composer, who bears this name.


Van Persie Says:

Dear Piglet, please be so kind and post once in a while some comments on tennis. You only show up here, to defence Roger.


Green Lady Says:

Blimey i think some people here need to take a chill pill….


Van Persie Says:

^^ maybe somebody should make an inventory and share the surplus


Green Lady Says:

^I have no idea what that means VP^….


MMT Says:

“Okiegal Says:
I didn’t know that there was an expiration date on how long a person should play tennis. Wasn’t Connors 40ish???”

Pancho Gonzales won his last tournament when he 3 months shy of turning 43.


MMT Says:

Correction: Gonzales was 3 months shy of turning 44. That same year, when he did turn 44 he made the semi-final at Queens Club.


Okiegal Says:

@MMT……Good for Pancho!! I am for the old…since I am!! Senior citizens rock and if they’re fat like me, they also roll~!!!!!! :)


Green Lady Says:

Agree with Okie,good for little Pancho,Kimiko Date Krumm is in her 40s too i believe?,damn right anyway play as long as you want,and as long as you enjoy the game….


Tazman1 Says:

Why does any tennis players or, for that matter, any professional sports character’s family, have anything to say about another player besides their own family? I am completely astonished about the lack of couth and culture, a real stinker, IMHO! Roger is a very articulate and caring person who shouldn’t have to endure these not-so-veiled attacks against his character!


madmax Says:

God Almighty!

Did someone compare the Fed to Donald Trump?

Please.

Federer is an entertainer, for sure…but don’t degrade him to The Donald status. ( I have probably misread),

Purcell,

You are as eloquent as ever.


Van Persie Says:

Oh man, Tazman1, such a human beeing with such a common sense like yours and Feds cannot endure such things. It is eally the worst what can happen on Earth!!!
You should hug and kiss Fed now, perhaps he might feel better afterwards.


Noonen Says:

I’ll tell you, Mr. Djokovic. He is an egomaniac. That is why he has played tennis all these years; it has nothing to do with a love of the sport.


Noonen Says:

I’ll tell you, Mr. Djokovic. He is an egomaniac. That is why he has played tennis all these years; it has nothing to do with a love of the sport.

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