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Srdjan Djokovic; Roger Federer, you’re 40, raise children, go ski, do something else



Srdjan Djokovic has suggested that Roger Federer still plays tennis because he desperately wants to prevent Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal from breaking his records. Federer, who will be turning 39 this coming August, is a record 20-time Grand Slam champion and he has spent the most weeks as world No 1.

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Nadal, 34, is second on the all-time Grand Slam record list with 19 Majors captured, while Djokovic sits in the third place with 17 Majors won. Djokovic senior has told Federer that there are more important things in life than tennis and that he finds it a bit funny that he is still playing at the near age of 40.

“Novak is a compilation of the best qualities of my wife and me. It came together into one, in him, and what was wrong remained with us. He took the good for himself. Why is this happening with Federer, who is still the most successful and best tennis player in the world? That is a fact according to the results, but that won’t last for a long time.

Because he cultivates so much animosity towards Novak. They have developed a kind of respect over the years, but why do you think he still plays at 40? 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. Come on man, raise children, do something else, go ski, do something. Tennis is not the whole life, it is just my son’s current hobby.

He’s just a tennis player right now,” Djokovic senior said on Sport Klub’s show Spo(r)tlight.

Novak Djokovic has admitted he wants to break the biggest records
Djokovic, 33, has said multiple times over the last several months that his big goal is to become a record Grand Slam champion and break the record for the most weeks spent as world No 1.

Federer, who hasn’t won a Grand Slam title since he beat Marin Cilic in the 2018 Australian Open final, blew an outstanding chance to win his 21st Grand Slam title at last year’s Wimbledon. Novak Djokovic saved two consecutive championship points on Federer’s serve in the fifth set of the final, before he sealed the title in the tie-break.


We spread rumours of Rafael Nadal doping’ because he was too good, says French star



Gilles Simon believes doping rumours were spread about Rafael Nadal as many were uncomfortable with the idea he could simply be better than Roger Federer.

There were allegations of a connection between Nadal and Eufemiano Fuentes, the doctor who was ultimately jailed for his part in a Spanish cycle doping scandal.

No evidence has ever been produced linking Fuentes to Nadal, though, who has always very successfully denied any rumours to the contrary.

However, Simon believes the rumours only existed to discredit opinions that Nadal could actually be a better tennis players than Federer rather than just a better athlete.

“It is difficult to conceive [for some] that, in terms of game, Rafael Nadal could be better than Roger Federer,” Gilles Simon wrote in his new autobiography This Sport That Makes You Crazy

“We even spread rumours of doping on his account.

“Nadal does not fit into the framework. Moreover, I emphasize here that we never talk about the physique of Federer, who has little to envy that of Nadal.

“That he went five sets at 35 like what he did in Australia in 2017, it’s extraordinary. But no one noted this point.”

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