“Bad Luck”: Roger Federer Opens Up on Novak Djokovic’s US Open and Adria Tour Controversies

Published 03/08/2021, 11:19 PM EST
LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 14: Roger Federer of Switzerland and Novak Djokovic of Serbia embrace at the net after their singles match during Day Five of the Nitto ATP Finals at The O2 Arena on November 14, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)


Except for the Australian Open 2020, Roger Federer missed the entire tennis action last year. Meanwhile, many controversies also came to the surface, mostly surrounding the Serbian World No. 1 Novak Djokovic.

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For instance, the Serbian’s US Open disqualification, his Adria Tour mess, and founding PTPA outside ATP come to mind. The Swiss maestro opened up in detail regarding all the situations.

Aside from that, the 20-time Grand Slam champion clarified that he is not in Doha for politics. But his entire focus is on his comeback, that is, after 13 long months.

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Despite being arch-rivals on the ATP Tour, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have deep regards for one another. They both have repeatedly confessed that the other player has made them better.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia shakes hands with Roger Federer of Switzerland at the net following victory in his Men’s Singles final during Day Thirteen of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Thus, it is only natural for the Swiss maestro to understand the actions of World No. 1. However, he believes that his comments on such subjects are now futile.

“There’s no point if I roll it up. At the US Open, he just had unbelievable bad luck. Everyone knows that. Of course, you have to control yourself. But that can happen to almost anyone,” Federer said.

Moreover, the 39-year-old agreed that although it was soon for Djokovic to held the Adriatic Tour, it was well-intended. Similarly, he missed out on the right timing for establishing the PTPA too.

He said, “I haven’t seen Novak in a long time. He does his best for the players. It just didn’t fit when he was president of the players’ association and founded the new organization at the same time.”

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The 18-time Grand Slam champion’s PTPA move received high criticism on the Tour. Federer explained how to managed such drastic decisions.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 30: Novak Djokovic of Serbia walks past Roger Federer of Switzerland during a change of ends in their Men’s Singles Semifinal match on day eleven of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 30, 2020, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

“You don’t always have to be of the same opinion. But it is important that you exchange ideas together,” Federer said.

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Moving forward, the Basel-born expressed that the negative background noises are not ideal for tennis. However, he realises that everything has calmed down a bit and there is talk of results and records again.

Maestro concluded that they would see what is going on with the players’ association, the PTPA and the ATP. He added, “I’m not here in Doha to do politics. My focus is on my comeback.”

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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