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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Monday July 8, 2024

Keep in mind in 2021, when Novak Djokovic and Holger Rune performed within the first spherical of the US Open and the Serbian legend was confused when the Arthur Ashe devoted cheered Rune’s identify? Nicely, it did sound like a refrain of boos, and that was a part of the appeal…

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“I did not know what they had been chanting truthfully. I assumed they had been booing,” Djokovic mentioned on the time. “I do not know, it was not perfect ambiance for me to let you know that. However I have been in these explicit atmospheres earlier than, so I knew tips on how to deal with it.”

Practically three years later, after their newest Grand Slam battle, on Wimbledon’s Centre Court docket, Djokovic advised the group what he actually thinks of their Rune cheer: it’s a disguise!

The 24-time main champion took just a few swipes on the crowd after his 6-3 6-4 6-2 win over Rune and advised them that they’ll’t contact him.

“To all of the followers which have respect and stayed right here tonight, thanks very a lot from the underside of my coronary heart, I respect it,” he mentioned. “And to all these individuals who have chosen to disrespect the gamers, on this case, me: Have a gooooooooood evening. Goooooood evening, goooooood evening.”

Right here, Djokovic was cautious to make the phrase ‘good’ sound like his very personal refrain of boooooooos.

He continued: “They had been [disrespecting me]. They had been. I don’t settle for [that they were only cheering for Rune],” he mentioned. “No, no, no. I do know they had been cheering for Rune, however that’s an excuse to additionally boo.”

Are these the paranoid delusions of a person who has been scarred by taking his share of unfair abuse from followers internationally, or is Djokovic appropriate in his assumptions?

Or, may it’s that the 24-time Grand Slam champion simply needs to create extra motivation to show the haters improper? Djokovic does appear to thrive when the chances – and the followers – are in opposition to him, however on this case, he appears to be begging them to be in opposition to him.

Right into a document sixtieth Grand Slam quarterfinal at Wimbledon, the seven-time Wimbledon champion will face Alex de Minaur for a spot within the semis. What appeared inconceivable on June fifth, when he underwent surgical procedure to restore a torn meniscus in Paris, is now wanting extra possible with every passing win.

Three extra of them and Djokovic will win a twenty fifth main title, and stand alone atop the all-time Grand Slam singles record.

That is the true story right here, not his post-match interview, however however, how can we not be entertained?

It’s good leisure, however is it a sensible transfer by Djokovic? Most likely…

“Pay attention, I’ve been on the Tour for greater than 20 years,” he mentioned. “So belief me, I do know all of the tips, I understand how it really works. It’s tremendous, it’s tremendous, it’s okay. I’m targeted on the respectful folks, which have respect, that paid the ticket to return and watch, and love tennis, and respect the gamers and the trouble we put in right here.

“I’ve performed in rather more hostile environments, belief me. You guys can’t contact me.”

Afterwards Djokovic talked extra in regards to the ambiance, and his ideas on it:

“The gang paid their tickets,” he mentioned. “They’ve the correct to be there and cheer the way in which they wish to cheer. That is completely one thing they select how they behave or how they select to help the participant is basically as much as them.

“But when someone steps over the road, I react. That is principally what it was. After the match I mentioned what I mentioned.”

For his half, Rune didn’t assume an excessive amount of of the group’s cheers.

“Clearly he is performed so many matches since he performed me final time,” the 21-year-old mentioned. “If he did not bear in mind, it may in all probability sound completely different for him. I do not assume it performed an enormous half within the match.”

Possibly the followers had been taking liberties. And people so-called cheers do sound like boos, regardless of how apparent it’s that they aren’t. Or, are they?

Regardless of, when Djokovic performs De Minaur within the quarterfinals, the followers gained’t have a monosyllabic identify to cover behind. Possibly we’ll unravel this, in any case.

Sarah Thompson
Sarah Thompson
Sarah Thompson, an expert in tennis and golf, has covered numerous Grand Slam tournaments and PGA Tours. Her sharp analysis and player insights are a staple of her reporting. Sarah loves playing recreational tennis and is an avid golfer who enjoys weekend rounds with friends.


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