'Better than everyone': Djokovic's grandfather slams Federer and Nadal

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Novak Djokovic (pictured left) cheering and Rafael Nadal embracing Roger Federer (pictured right) after the match.
Novak Djokovic (pictured left) and Rafael Nadal embracing Roger Federer (pictured right). (Getty Images)

Novak Djokovic’s grandfather is just the latest family member to take aim at his critics, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal following backlash from the ill-fated Adria Tour.

The World No.1, Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki all tested positive for COVID-19 at the exhibition event he hosted.

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Djokovic later apologised for the event where players embraced across the net and later partied together at a nightclub.

Aussie maverick Nick Kyrgios panned the event and Djokovic for going ahead during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Serbian had many players jump to his defence and also slammed his critics for entering a ‘witch-hunt’ against him after the Adria Tour.

Now, Djokovic’s grandfather has joined the crew of family members taking a swipe at his critics and even took aim at Federer and Nadal.

Djokovic annoys Nadal, Federer: Zagar

Speaking to Spanish newspaper AS, Zdenko Zagar said he was worried when Djokovic announced he had coronavirus.

But went on to claim the World No.1 was “better” than his critics and that they look to insult him because he is from Serbia.

"Now I know why he is constantly criticised," he told AS.

Roger Federer (R) hugs Spain's Rafael Nadal (L) embrace and smile after a match.
Roger Federer (R) hugs Spain's Rafael Nadal (L) during The Match in Africa. (Photo by RODGER BOSCH / AFP) (Photo by RODGER BOSCH/AFP via Getty Images)

"They are dirty thoughts. The only reason I can think of to criticise him is for being Serbian, when many do not know where Serbia and Belgrade are.

“He is better and more famous than everyone who insults him."

Zagar went on to claim Federer and Nadal are ‘annoyed’ by Djokovic because he is World No.1

"Everything is explained because Djokovic annoys Nadal, Federer and the other 20 who are below him. I'm not going to comment on it. I should ignore them," Zagar added.

Both Federer and Nadal have remained silent over the Adria Tour event fallout.

Djokovic is is reportedly set to take part in the US Open, but is after confirmation around quarantine back in Europe before he commits.