In an interview to GQ India Novak Djokovic's mother, Dijana spoke about her son getting less support than his rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. The topic was raised on the headlines again during Djokovic's Wimbledon fifth set final win over Federer.
The whole crowd was cheering on the Serb. Diana confessed: "I feel it in Australia, New York, London. It’s [less] so in Paris. He stole their hearts when he started to speak French. Honestly, I don’t know. He’s so nice, he’s polite, he works so hard.
But people don’t appreciate it because he is playing tennis in the era of Federer and Nadal. When he was number three, it was okay, these guys are number one and two but when he became number one, probably they could not stand it.
I don’t know. I also suffer. They respect his success and what he is doing. But if you put Federer against him they will cheer for Federer. In another way that gives him more strength, more power to beat him." On the sacrifices they made to let Novak become a very successful player, Diana added: "We had a pancake and pizza shop in the mountains.
The first time he got a racket was at the age of three. We were working there so when he started growing up and he needed more, when he started to travel, going to academies, everything cost money. So we worked harder and more, to give him.
For many years we gave him what he needed - many times he didn't know that we didn't have money. We borrowed and I paid them through my work. In the mountains, you don't have a 12 months season. So you have to earn during these three months to live during the year.
I don't want to complain. It was a nice time. My kids grew up with fresh air, fresh food, everything is clean and green."