There is something called the ‘Middle Child Syndrome’ to denote the challenges faced by the middle children, who are often overlooked and less indulged compared to their older and younger siblings. In many ways, Novak Djokovic constitute that middle child, and yesterday, at Indian Wells final, it was no different story; the crowd wanted Federer to win, and they went electric, cheering enthusiastically for Federer’s each and every point.
After an exciting final that lasted three sets -- 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-2, Djokovic told a reporter that it wasn’t surprising for him that the crowd favoured Federer. “He is a great champion and has been around for lot many years, so the crowd loves him,” he said.
A winner of eight Grand Slam titles, Djokovic is currently the best, having a considerable edge over his main rivals -- Federer and Nadal, who are also the most-loved players of the present era. Last season, he reclaimed his top spot, as he won 7 titles including a second Wimbledon title.
He has been displaying some consistent and outstanding tennis this season too, winning a fifth Australian Open crown as well as a fourth title at Indian Wells. To have come this far, considering the fact that he stepped into a scene where the game was being dominated by Federer and Nadal -- two of the greatest players in the history of tennis -- is a gauge of Djokovic’s greatness, but unfortunately, when it comes to winning the heart of the people, he is still standing on the threshold. Not that they hate him, he is appreciated for his eminence, but he is not loved as much as Federer or Nadal. When it comes to affection, Djokovic has always been a middle child, and still is!