'Novak Djokovic may have been unlucky to...', says expert



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'Novak Djokovic may have been unlucky to...', says expert

It was not easy for Novak Djokovic to find space in the era of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Despite having achieved great results, the Serbian continues to be the least popular among the Big 3, also due to some extratennial events.

After touching the 'Calendar Grand Slam' last year, the former world number 1 was unable to maintain the same pace in early 2022. The 35-year-old from Belgrade paid dearly for his choice not to get vaccinated. against the Coronavirus, having not been able to defend the title at the Australian Open.

Nole did not redeem himself at Roland Garros, leaving the scene in the quarterfinals against his eternal rival Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard then fled to his 22nd Major, further stretching Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the all-time rankings.

The 'Djoker' started Wimbledon by beating Kwon on Center Court, albeit without delivering a great performance. In a long interview granted to 'Tennis365', John Lloyd analyzed the hostile attitude of fans and the media towards Djokovic.

John Lloyd reflects on Djokovic

John Lloyd, who was once the husband of Chris Evert, and who was also 21st in the world at the end of the 1970s, is a consultant for our English colleagues at Tennis365. He has developed a “theory” around the popularity of Novak Djokovic which is not uninteresting.

“Novak may have been unlucky to live his career alongside Nadal and Federer. They have a popularity with the fans and the press that he doesn't have and I also think he was treated quite badly, certainly by the spectators and also the media.

I think like Jimmy Connors, Novak will be better treated and understood when his career is over, when we realize that he will soon be leaving the circuit. I think there may be the same phenomenon as with John McEnroe who became a bigger star after his career thanks to his various activities in the media and in advertising.

While some hated it before, they love it now." The Serb will be up against the challenge of 26-year-old Aussie Thanasi Kokkinakis. Playing in his fifth Wimbledon championship, Kokkinakis finally got through to the second round of the tournament.

Earlier in his four appearances, the 26-year-old failed to qualify twice, while he lost in the first round in the remaining two. Although it might look easy for the top seed, the Aussie surely can not be taken lightly. Notably, the 35-year-old was defending champion for the first three Grand Slam of the year.