“They Fear He Will be the Best”: Former Player on Novak Djokovic Breaking Federer and Nadal’s Records

October 20, 2020 3:51 pm

Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic seems to have found himself an ardent supporter. Former Serbian and Yugoslavian tennis star, Radmilo Armenulic, went all guns blazing to show his support for Djokovic. In the process, he didn’t hold back the opportunity to shoot a few bullets at Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

Radmilo began by criticizing the US Open 2020. He alleged that the organizers and sponsors had worked hand in hand to keep Roger Federer at the top. He mentioned the ‘default’ of Djokovic and spoke about the silence of Djokovic’s opponents. Radmilo was careful to defend Djokovic by stating that he’d abstained from criticizing Rafa and Roger, while Roger and Rafa had been vicious.

Radmilo on Federer and Nadal

The one at the US Open is a scandal. I’ve looked at dozens of worse cases for which players haven’t even been warned, let alone punished. The big players are involved in that so that Roger Federer stays first so that Novak doesn’t accidentally overtake him. Sponsors are also involved. It is doubtful to me that none of Djokovic’s opponents reacted after the disqualification, no one commented. This is not collegial. Novak is a gentleman, he immediately admitted guilt in order to calm his passions. He would certainly announce himself otherwise. I have never heard him criticize Roger and Rafa in his statements, but they seem vicious, said Armenulic.

(Quotes have been translated with Google Translate)

Radmilo refused to accept that Djokovic was at the end of his game and was confident enough to state that Djokovic would come back stronger. He said, “I think he will come back stronger. They disturb him in various ways, they fear that he will be the best in history.”

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts during the final against Spain’s Rafael Nadal REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Novak Djokovic to catch up with Federer

Radmilo Armenulic doesn’t want the Australian Open is not canceled at any cost. Djokovic has won eight of his 17 Grand Slams there, and he will be looking forward to claiming his 18th title in Melbourne. The tournament would present the perfect opportunity for him to be back in the race and would also mean that he will be able to catch up with Roger Federer in terms of the number of weeks spent as number 1 in the ATP rankings.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates with the trophy after winning the French Open final against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Radmilo seems certain that Djokovic was well past the French Open 2020 defeat and clearly has his hopes pinned on Djokovic putting up an exceptional performance in upcoming matches.


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