WATCH: When Roger Federer Shouted at Novak Djokovic’s Family to Keep Quiet During the Match

Published 10/01/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
PARIS, FRANCE May 23. Roger Federer of Switzerland practicing on Court Philippe-Chatrier in preparation for the 2019 French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on May 23rd 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)


Novak Djokovic truly had a remarkable 2021 season. Except for the US Open, the Serb impressively earned three Grand Slam titles in 2021,  Despite not achieving the Calendar Grand Slam title, Djokovic’s 2021 season has been one of the finest seasons in his prolonged career. Recently, Djokovic announced that he won’t be competing at BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

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While Djokovic won’t be competing in the upcoming tournament, we take a look at a classic throwback moment that involved the Serb and his on-court rival, Roger Federer.

In a flashback video from the Federer-Djokovic match, Roger Federer yelled at Djokovic’s family to quieten down during their match. The clipping was from the semi-finals of the Masters series in Monte Carlo between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

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Roger Federer told Djokovic’s family to keep quiet

The relationship between Roger Federer and Srdjan Djokovic, Novak Djokovic’s father, has not been a healthy one. On several occasions, Srdjan Djokovic has lashed out at the Swiss players and grabbed headlines. In a throwback video of the Federer-Djokovic match, Roger Federer screamed at Djokovic’s parents to keep quiet.

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)

During the point, the umpire committed an error that must have enraged Federer. Then, Federer shouted, “Keep Quiet,” as he looked at Djokovic’s parents, who were making a lot of noise.

Unfortunately, Novak Djokovic retired in that match due to a sore throat in the second set. Roger Federer faced Rafael Nadal in the finals at Monte-Carlo. The Spaniard crushed Federer in straight sets to claim his Masters Series 2008 title.

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Novak Djokovic withdrew from BNP Paribas Open

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The 20-time Grand Slam champion, Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from BNP Paribas Open. Djokovic announced the news via his Twitter account. “I am sorry I won’t get to see my fans in Indian Wells and play in the desert, my favourite place to go. I hope to see you next year!”, tweeted the Serb.

Sep 8, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts after double faulting in the first game of the first set against Matteo Berrettini of Italy on day ten of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

After winning the previous three Grand Slams of 2021, Djokovic entered US Open as the favorite. The Serb comfortably cruised into the finals of the competition. However, the Russian, Daniil Medvedev had other plans. Medvedev shattered the World No.1 in straight sets to clinch his maiden Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows.

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Novak Djokovic, who was aiming for his 21st Grand Slam title as well as Calendar Grand Slam, was denied by the Russian at Flushing Meadows.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analyzing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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