The mother of world number one Novak Djokovic has branded rival Roger Federer ‘annoyingly arrogant’ in an interview with the Serbian Press.
Dijana Djokovic was referring to the epic 2019 Wimbledon final, in which her son fought off match points to deny Federer a ninth title in SW19.
“In a stadium where everyone was cheering on Roger Federer, we were just a handful of fans for Novak,” Dijana Djokovic said as quoted by Sport Blic.
“It’s not nice that I’m annoyed by Federer or others at such moments. But it annoyed me because Federer is a bit arrogant.”
Federer has received a spirited defence from fellow former world number one Andy Roddick, who has lashed out over the comments.
“It’s just unnecessary,” Roddick told the Tennis Channel.
“I don’t know if we need to throw this around from the sidelines.
“I think it (arrogant) probably wouldn’t be one of my first 6000 words that I would use to describe Roger Federer.”
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