Former world No. 1 Boris Becker insists it's unfair that Novak Djokovic is always the bad guy, while Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are always the good guys. Djokovic, ranked at No. 1 in the world, doesn't enjoy near the same popularity or love that Nadal and Federer enjoy.
Becker, who had a successful stint with Djokovic, underlined that the Serb often stands up for other players and their rights. "The public - also the media have to get used to it - that there are not only 2 but also 3 who have great qualities as players and people.
And it's not acceptable that Novak is always the bad guy and Roger and Rafa are always the good guys. That's unfair," Becker told Eurosport Deutschland. "He often stands up for other players, that's often swept under the rug and nobody really wants to notice that.
There's another very sympathetic side. I hope for him and his family that he'll finally be treated a bit more fairly than he's been so far."
Djokovic failed to make tennis history
Djokovic lost to Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev in the US Open final and fell short in his attempt to claimed a record 21st Grand Slam title and capture a Calendar Grand Slam.
"I mean, he was hitting his spots very well. He came out very determined on the court. You could feel that he was just at highest of his abilities in every shot. He had a lot of clarity what he needs to do tactically. He has executed it perfectly," Djokovic said.
"The other hand, I was just below par with my game. My legs were not there. I was trying. I did my best. Yeah, I made a lot of unforced errors. I didn't have -- no serve really. "I was below par with everything, to be honest. So just one of these days where unfortunately, yeah, wasn't meant to be."