The Serb – the president of the player council – was part of a group of players keen for Kermodes term as mens tennis chief to come to an end and ultimately got his wish as the player representatives on the ATP board unanimously voted him out.
Federer was critical of Djokovic failing to meet him ahead of the vote, saying it was hard to understand why the 15-time Grand Slam champion would not make time for him, while Nadal was openly critical of the decision to oust Kermode and expressed his frustration that no one had reached out to him to garner his opinion.
But while Djokovic has been the target of much criticism, the 31-year-old insists his relationship with the pair remains good.
I have not noticed anything from their side or from mine, Djokovic said at the Miami Open.
Its not necessary for people to create any tensions or divisions between us. On the contrary, I have a good relationship with both of them. We always respected each other. We are rivals of course so its hard to be friends.
We need an open dialogue and for people to have different opinions. Thats what a democratic society is. We all try and be part of that.
Nadal, 32, and Federer, 37, both met at Indian Wells to discuss tennis political landscape and Federer suggested he would take a more active role with the sport heading toward an uncertain period.
And council president Djokovic encouraged them to get involved in whatever capacity they see fit.
We welcome them as well as anyone else who wants to join the political discussions, the Serb added.
The player council is only part of the structure. We are not part of the board or deciding anything. We are in consultation and collaboration with player board representatives.
Federer and Nadal have been icons of our sport for so many years and their opinions are extremely important to everyone. If they want to be active and part of it, either officially or unofficially, I think its only positive for us.
I saw Roger today. We were cutting the ribbon at the opening of the center court. We had a small chat but there was no time to talk about the political stuff. Hopefully we will have time in the next few days to go through some things.