Interesting excerpt from an interview with Srdjan Djokovic (Novak's father)

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  1. Dragan

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    Srdjan Djokovic gave a multi-part interview for a Serbian newspaper. These are some interesting excerpts from the first one:

    ♦ How difficult was it to sacrifice your entire family for the success of one of its members?
    - That was a difficult and risky decision taken by my wife and me, since nobody could guarantee that we would succeed eventually. We truly believed in Novak, in his athletic and personal qualities, as all parents do. The biggest problem in the world of tennis is when parents lose touch with reality. They can destroy the future of their kids, their families and in many cases it really has a terrible outcome. Parents do not want to hear or accept the truth from the mouth of tennis experts.
    I had a completely opposite standpoint. When he was eight, Jelena Gencic, who gave a lot to Novak in his life, told me that Monika Seles and him are the greatest talents she ever saw in her career. As years passed, we have not heard different opinions from any other expert.

    ♦ So, when did you finally make your decision?
    - We took the risk and stand behind Novak without any reserves when he was 10 years old. We sat with him and asked – what do you want to do in your life? He told us “I want to be number one tennis player in the World”, and we decided to support him. That was the point when he completely devoted to his career. Even that young, he had his opinion and he was stubborn, like he is today. His relationship towards his rivals, elders, young, known and unknown people is unchanged ever since, and will be like that until the end of his life.

    ♦ Attending tournaments and supporting a tennis player costs a lot of mone. Did you knock any door in Serbia?
    - Yes, but they were all closed. OK, it was a difficult situation in our country, sanctions, NATO bombing. There were individuals who could help, but they were not visionaries to see his potential, although never before, in the history of European junior tennis, no kid was able to win the Number One titles in the ages of 14, 16 and 18, like Novak did. These years were very difficult for our family. We had a family business (fast food), but expenditures were much higher than our income. We were forced to lend money from usurers with 15 percent interest per month, in order to finance Novak’s tennis expenses.

    ♦ What are you most proud of in relation to Novak?
    - As a kid, he used to be terribly upset when losing matches, he could not handle loses. I repeatedly told him that he has to congratulate his opponent and say „Congratulations on your great game, I will do my best to beat you next time“. It is better to lose a match with dignity than to win it undeservedly, after much trouble and suffering on the court. A loss makes you think of your game in the long term so you don’t make the same mistakes next time. He realised that, and you can see his manners now after losing a match.

    ♦ He is one of the rare top tennis players who keeps his temper when losing.
    - He is not one of many players, I believe that he is the only tennis player in the top echelon who baheves like that. I don’t know any other athlete who treats his opponent the same, regardless of wining or losing the match, like Novak does.

    ♦ Even Federer and Nadal
    - Rafa was Novak’s best friend while he was regularly beating him. After Novak started winning their matches, they were not friends anymore. That’s not sportsmanship. That’s one thing where Novak hugely differes from both of them.
    Federer is probably the best player in history of tennis, but as a person he is totally different. He bashed novak during Davis cup in Geneve, after realising that Novak became the threat to his dominance. He tried to discredit him. Novak’s success is incredible, and some people simply cannot accept it.

    ♦ And what is the relationshio between Novak and Andy?
    We- ll, that’s different. The two of them grew up together, Andy is one week older than Novak. They were attending tournaments together, playing tennis, playing football, hanging out together and they really became close friends even after achieving professional careers.
    I never saw jealousy or envy in Murray family against Novak. His mother came to the dressing room after Rome finals and sincerely congratulated Novak, his team and his family. Andy is a shining example of good sportsmen, who can handle both loses and wins as a gentleman. Novak and him probably cannot be „best buddies“ when they compete for great trophies, and finally for great prizes against each other. But they are more than fair competitors and I am sure that after they finish their professional careers, they will be true and great friends.

    TO BE CONTINUED
     
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    What does he mean when he says "Novak’s success is incredible, and some people simply cannot accept it"?
     
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    He probably wanted to say that at the time, Federer couldn't stop seeing Novak as an underdog.
     
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    Since when is he 'one of the rare top tennis players who keeps his temper when losing'?
     
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    Since when parents are objective when talking about their kids? ;)

    OK, but realistically, Novak is usually over the top when winning, not when losing.
     
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    What is incredible about Novak’s success? He has been the best player in the world in arguably the toughest era ever for men's tennis.
     
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    I think his problem is that Novak's dad is talking crap about the Fedal by saying they can't accept Novak's 'dominance'. That's a very simple minded and stupid thing to do.
     
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    Nobody comment this quote

    "Rafa was Novak’s best friend while he was regularly beating him. After Novak started winning their matches, they were not friends anymore. That’s not sportsmanship. That’s one thing where Novak hugely differes from both of them"
     
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    I thought that was because Djokovic celebrated in an unsportsmanlike manner at 2011 Madrid. Nadal criticized Djokovic for that. And Djokovic continued the trend of poor behavior at 2012 AO when he acted all tired in the 5th set and then went bananas and ripped his shirt like a madman, and then during the trophy ceremony Nadal sunk down with exhaustion and Djokovic copied him. And yeah it all started at Madrid (which I didn't see but I heard about).
     
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    Wasn't it Djokovic who said he couldn't be friends with Nadal when they were chasing the same goals?
     
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    Interesting interview. Makes Djokovic even more likable.
     
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    Nice interview.
     
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    Very interesting interview especially this part:

    Federer is probably the best player in history of tennis, but as a person he is totally different. He bashed novak during Davis cup in Geneve, after realising that Novak became the threat to his dominance. He tried to discredit him. Novak’s success is incredible, and some people simply cannot accept it.

    thanks for posting
     
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    I remember Djokovic saying that. It surprised me. Looks like djaddy is looking through djok-colored glasses.
     
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    I thought that was rich, considering Novak came out after a few wins over Rafa and said that it wasn't possible to be friends when you're competing. Dad needs to search the internet to see what his son is saying.

    'Sometimes, I have dinner with Andy or Rafa; but the reality is none of us can be real mates while we are fighting for history.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/te...rray-Rafael-Nadal-fighting-place-history.html

    Never mind that months before he had said that they were all friends. But, after this comment and the dancing on the cars, it's no wonder if Rafa didn't want to be friends with him anymore. Mr. Djokovic Sr. needs to get his facts straight
     
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    I just posted that. First he said they were all friends, and the moment he got some good wins, he did an about face.

    Glad other people remember the things that happen. That was in 2011.
     
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    Djokovic also recently said the same thing about Murray. Djokovic was asked about his relationship with Murray after losing the Wimbledon final, and said that while they were friends as kids, they aren't close anymore, because they are in competition. Djokovic sounded like he wanted it to be that way.

    I think Djokovic and his family are pretty cynical. Djokovic used his whole "joker" persona to weasel his way into Nadal's confidence and camp. The gameplan was always to find a way to neutralise Nadal's game....Djokovic didn't seem to have any problems being friends with a big rival (He's was number 3 for years behind either Fed or Nadal), while he was working out how he could beat him.

    I think Nadal learned a hard lesson about trusting people, because he knew that the Djokovic team only wanted to get close to learn how to beat him. Nadal is friends with Murray, who is a big rival for all the major titles and has beaten him in slams, so I don't think Nadal is the one with the problem being friends with rivals.

    Once Djokovic got to number .1, he dropped the whole "I'm friends with everyone" routine, not just with Nadal, but with Murray. Djokovic is like one of those backstabbing plotters whose true colours come out once he ascends to the throne.
     
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    In fairness they're as bad as each other. I can't think of many players who celebrate winning points and games as much as Nadal does. The amount of fist-pumps and vamoses and leg kicks really starts to annoy me after a while. Not intended as a Rafa-bash; I just don't think it's the best side of his 'tennis persona' (shall we say).

    Rafa is also the only person I've ever seen sink to his knees after winning a set that didn't decide the match (Aus 2012). It's pot calling the kettle black if he doesn't like the way Djokovic celebrates.

    Interesting comments anyway regarding Nadal and Federer on the whole. I actually think both Nadal and Federer are pretty poor at interviews, and this gives off the wrong impression to some people. Nadal is cringeworthy with his false 'modesty', and although Federer makes more of an effort to say interesting things, they don't always really ring true.
     
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    Good old days... ;)

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    I think so, too. It's getting even more difficult to like Novak at this point. Ever since he rose in the rankings he's been pretty unlikeable, in general.
     
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    Yeah that was weird, I guess racquet abuse has nothing to do with losing your temper.
    Unless he is only talking about post-match handshake or something.
     
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    Well, most of the players abuse their racquets after their own mistake (unforced error), not after opponent's winner.
     
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    He did it after Nadal hit a winner in the first set here
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aj91nJOmj-Q
     
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    ... Just when it appeared that the second coming was nigh.
     
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    The DC incident was in 2006. He sure can hold a grudge. :shock:
     
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    I was about to comment..well here I am :)..it made me laugh out,

    talk about casually trash talking an opponent :shock:..weather its true or not I dunno, I don't know what happens behind the scenes in the dressing rooms, the recreation rooms, players resturants and such..no one knows really,

    unless anyone on here is on the inside of the tennis bubble..obviously novaks dad has a view of nadal we don't really get to see.
     
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    Federer didn't discredit Nole, he said Nole retires a lot which was true at the time. Thanks to a lot of Fed's comments, Nole improved vastly. He needs to thank Fed.
     
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    "Rafa was Novak’s best friend while he was regularly beating him. After Novak started winning their matches, they were not friends anymore. That’s not sportsmanship. That’s one thing where Novak hugely differes from both of them."

    I did notice the hand shakes got colder as Novak started to beat Nadal...Nadal used to be all smiles at the net when he beat him but then no smile when he started losing...

    As far as Fed goes, he never faked liking or disliking someone...He didn't like Novak even when he whooped his arse. So no change in colors there...
     
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    Federer also told Djokovic to "just get out of here" after the AO 09' and was adamant for years that Murray was a greater talent than him. He also insulted the way Djokovic grew up playing after he lost to him after USO '11, saying he (Roger) thought you should always win with hard work and maybe Djokovic grew up relying on luck to win. Federer hasn't ever liked Djokovic, and judging from Djokovic's fathers comments the Djokovic camp doesn't like Roger either.
     
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    Haters in full hate mode in this thread.

    About Nadal. It was exactly as Srdjan said. As long as Nadal was winning everything was nice and good. At the moment Djokovic started kicking bis butt, especially on clay in 2011, Nadal started showing his true colors and his ugly side. Quoting Novak will not change that.

    Interesting to see hordes of Beliebers in this thread, following Nadal's example, showing their true colors and trying to justify inexcusable Nadal's behavior.
     
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    except this quote came after Djokovic beat Nadal 4 times in a row by which point you could see Nadal had become pretty cold towards Novak. so maybe his comments that they couldn't be real mates were because of him realising and accepting Nadal not being so friendly anymore.
    his quote was merely him accepting the reality which had been shown by the way Nadal had changed! Novak would probably still be friendly if Nadal wanted to and you can see the way is when Novak loses. its Nadal who stopped being friendly so Djokovic accepted it.

    I have to say that though i don't like Murray he is mostly a better sport than Federer or Nadal, i think Novak and Andy are better sports through having to work their way through dominant slam winners for years to get into the slam winning club themselves. they spent time as the whipping boys for Nadal and fed which Nadal and fed never did.
     
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    Nadal wanted to play doubles with Djoker in 2011 and DJoker said he didn't want to be friends with Nadal anymore because they were playing regularly in finals. Two sides to every story.
     
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    This. +1. 10nadlissorelosers
     
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    I actually agree with everything Nole's Dad said here. the only caveat I would add is how Nole and his team reacted when he started beating Nadal, (especially his dominant run over him in 2011), some of their reactions were very exaggerated and crossed the line (I'm thinking specifically of the semi-Serbian pride march thru the streets of Monte Carlo or Madrid in 2011 and the gun twitter pic of Nole by Tipso!) although in a way understandable that he finally got past who Nole has consistently said is the toughest player he's ever had to face...

    that is at least part of the reason why Nadal and Nole aren't as close as they were when Nadal routinely dominated their rivalry, not just that Nadal has a chip on his shoulder (the chip is at least partly understandable)...
     
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    In regards to his relation to the big 4, they are all very hyper competitive it is just human nature to be a sore loser. I think when all is said and done with their careers they will probably all be friends again.
     
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    So Djokovic's father is critical of the two Big 4 players who are way ahead of Novak in career accomplishments, but is laudatory of the Big 4 player who is way behind him?

    Lol. Who knows if what he's saying is true, but even if it IS TRUE, optically it looks really pathetic.
     
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    Um, perhaps Djokovic said they couldn't be friends because Nadal was being a sore loser and not talking to Djokovic anymore? They were friends when Nadal was winning most of their matches. Djokovic is a lot of things but a bad loser he is not. I respect him a lot for that, more than anything. Your supposed "facts" are not facts, sorry.
     
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    Right, I'm sure it has nothing to do with Djokovic beating Nadal on every Tennis surface around ;)
     
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    YOUR VIEW IS VERY ONE-SIDED AND AGAINST NADAL.

    WHY AM I NOT SURPRISED...

    CAP LOCKS INADVERTENT.
     
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    Just like Nadal's true colors at the French this year when pointing out to Pascal Maria when Novak touched the net even though it was all to see and unnecessary thing to do? Okay then. :rolleyes:

    This coming from a Nadal fan. :lol:
     
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    I never saw jealousy or envy in Murray family against Novak. His mother came to the dressing room after Rome finals and sincerely congratulated Novak, his team and his family. Andy is a shining example of good sportsmen, who can handle both loses and wins as a gentleman. Novak and him probably cannot be „best buddies“ when they compete for great trophies, and finally for great prizes against each other. But they are more than fair competitors and I am sure that after they finish their professional careers, they will be true and great friends.

    ^ Awww. I really hope thats true too, Djokovic and Murray have always been very respectful of each others wins in big matches thus far. I really hope they can stay friends and one day sit in an old folks home playing pong with each other.
     
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    Almost as good a sport as the F1Bob.
     
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    Wow, people are so quick to assume the worst about Djokovic. When he was world no. 3 it was probably easy to be friendly with guys like Rafa/Andy because Djokovic was not the primary threat to them. Rafa didn't see him as his main threat to dominance and Andy didn't see him as his main rival.

    Obviously, once Djokovic became no. 1, Rafa/Andy's views of him would have changed and its likely they became less friendly towards Djokovic once he started dominating them. So when Djokovic says that they can't all be friends right now, that doesnt necessarily mean thats his view, that's just what he's experiencing currently. Why twist his words to make it seem like he doesn't want to be friendly now that he's no. 1?
     
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    And in a very unusual way, you are.
     
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    Ok, so obviously none of us lives within the tour to see and check how those guys really are behind the scenes. But, regarding Rafa and NDjoker situation, I find it very strange that some folks around here expects unreal things. I mean, how can you honest expect Rafa to be all smiles-and-hugs with NDjoker after the latter celebrates his wins in a very non-respectable way? And after all, Rafa is human and a big competitor, so with many losses coming on a regular basis he would be upset anyway. Add to that the ridiculous celebrations and voilá, anyone else in his place wouldn't be that friendly anymore.

    I know I'm a Rafa fan and people will take this look as biased, but you've got to try and look at this the right way. And even I think that sometimes Rafa exaggerates his celebrations, but none of them came after the end of the match like NDjoker did. So it is quite absurd to accept Mr. Srdjan words.
     
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    I think he explained it quite clearly in his answer. That Fedal's attitude toward Djoko changed when Djoko started being more successful against them.
    He's very outspoken. That was an interesting interview. He really speaks his mind about the other top 4. He's gonna get hell for it, no doubt, but at least now we know exactly how the Djoko camp feels.
     
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    Yeah, I find Rafa's reaction completely human and yes his attitude toward Novak changed after 2011, that much was very clear. But it was a tough situation to handle . Novak is a very gracious loser but it's easier to achieve that BEFORE being at the top. If a guy came and beat him lots of time in a row (including in his best events) at this point, he may end up losing his cool too (even if that guy was Murray). All of the top guys hate losing and they're not superheroes. They have the same emotions as everyone else. Look how some Nadal fans reacted to Novak after 2011. Compared to those reactions, Rafa's was rather tame/ controlled.
     
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