Roger Federer’s favoritism has been questioned in the wake of Novak Djokovic’s behavior.
Together with Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are considered all-time greats, having won 20 Grand Slam titles each.
A former professional tennis player has questioned Roger Federer’s favorable treatment in comparison to Novak Djokovic. In 2021, the Serbian star won three Grand Slam titles, tying him with Federer and Rafael Nadal for the most Grand Slam titles with 20. However, he missed out on a record-breaking fourth after losing in the final of the US Open to Daniil Medvedev.
Despite his undeniable status as one of tennis’ all-time greats, Djokovic has long been seen as a polarizing figure among tennis fans.
He was disqualified from the US Open in 2020 after slamming a ball at a line-judge, and he was heavily chastised for his racquet abuse during the Tokyo Olympics this summer, where he lost in the bronze medal play-off against Pablo Carreno Busta.
After the ATP halted all action during the Covid-19 outbreak, he sparked controversy by openly announcing that he would oppose any vaccination.
Nikola Pilic, a former Croatian professional player, has defended the 34-year-old, arguing that he is treated unfairly in comparison to Federer.
“If Federer had done the same thing as Novak, they certainly would not have banned him,” he told Vecernji list, a Croatian daily newspaper published in Zagreb, concerning Djokovic being tossed out of Flushing Meadows last year.
Despite the fact that the incident was unintentional, the USTA revoked Djokovic all ranking points he would have earned at the tournament and fined him the prize money he would have won if the incident had not occurred.
Pilic, 82, was equally adamant about where Djokovic stood in respect to Federer and Nadal, Djokovic’s closest competitors.
“Djokovic is a fantastic player. Serbian newspapers pressed me to declare Djokovic the greatest player of all time in 2019. I didn’t want to say anything till he won Wimbledon this year (2021). I set the figures on the table the day he did it “he stated
“He has the same number of Grand Slams as Nadal and Federer, a better head-to-head record against them, and he’s very close to 350 weeks as No. 1,” Pilic continued.
He remarked, “I am not subjective, Novak is the best of all time.”
Pilic reached the final of the French Open. “Brinkwire News Summary.”