Novak Djokovic: 'I have tolerance up to a certain point'

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Novak Djokovic: 'I have tolerance up to a certain point'

Novak Djokovic made it through the first two rounds of the 2021 US Open unscathed, the tournament in which he could write a new page of history. Having won the first three Grand Slams of the season, the number 1 in the world has in fact the possibility of making the 'Calendar Grand Slam' in the event of a triumph in New York.

The Serbian champion dismissed Holger Rune on his debut and Tallon Griekspoor in the second round, proving he can handle the enormous pressure on his shoulders well. The 20-time Grand Slam champion, bent on breaking Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the first time, left just seven games at the Dutchman at Arthur Ashe Stadium, despite a slightly excited spectator trying hard to make him nervous.

Seeded # 1 tried not to get distracted, but at some point the annoyance became so unbearable that it forced him to go to the referee to complain. When asked about the issue at a press conference, Nole highlighted what it means to be bothered in an individual sport.

The vocal fan sat court-side was intent on putting Djokovic off

“When tennis players talk about that, someone who is watching team sports would say, ‘What a spoiled brat’,” said Novak Djokovic. “But it’s a different sport.

Look, there’s a lot of noise happening on the stadium, particularly in the night sessions. I don’t mind that. Even sometimes during the point it happens that people out of excitement, they just scream or they release like a sound or whatever, sigh, whatever you call it.

And that’s fine. But if someone intentionally does it over and over again, then I have tolerance up to a certain point, then it’s not correct, then it’s not fine. It’s not fair. I feel like it’s not good for us players.

I mean, particularly that guy for some reason was calling, raising the sound and kind of screaming just before I would hit my smash, which was a big point. Before that he would do a few times. After that again. That wasn’t nice.

That’s all. I don’t mind the noise. Don’t get me wrong. I think it’s important for the entertainment, for the crowds, the music. I get it. But if someone does it over and over again, particularly when you are at his side, he knows why he’s doing it. The guy that I pointed out, he knew exactly what he was doing, and that’s all”.