Novak Djokovic: I can’t control what my father says

Novak Djokovic says father, Srdjan, is a great support for him but he can't always control what his father says

Novak Djokovic with father Srdjan

Novak Djokovic’s father, Srdjan, has recently been in the news mainly for his interesting opinions on Roger Federer. The World No 1, on Wednesday, shrugged it off saying he can’t control what his father was saying in the press.

“I love him, he is the great support of mine,” Djokovic said after a 6-4, 6-2 win over the in-form Jannik Sinner in the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters.

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“I can’t control what he says, everyone has a right to speak their mind, but I don’t always agree with everything he says. He is passionate and wants to protect me, of course I stand by him.”

Srdjan Djokovic, who in the past had questioned why a near-40-year-old and father of four Federer was still playing tennis, had said last week that the Swiss was not a ‘good man’.

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“About 15 years ago Federer attacked my son when he was still young, he was 18 or 19 years old,” he had said. “But as much as he is a great champion, Federer is not such a good man.”

Federer and Djokovic have a long-standing rivalry. The two, along with Rafael Nadal, are also locked in the race to the most number of Grand Slam titles. While Federer and Nadal are tied on 20, Djokovic currently has 18.

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After his win over Italian teenager Sinner, Djokovic also revealed that the documentary on him would be released in August.

“We are working on the film intensively,” Djokovic explained.

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“The plan is for it to be published in August, before the US Open (August 30 – September 12), since our desire is to host a premiere in New York. Depending on the situation with the virus, and the restrictions at that time, there is either going to be a live or a virtual event.

“I am really excited about it,” he said.

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“I am working with a dedicated team of people, both from Europe and the USA. My hope is that we will finish and polish the film in the best possible manner, and on time. Also, I hope that people will enjoy it.”

The Serb had first informed about the documentary after his win over Aslan Karatsev in the semi-final of the Australian Open.

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