John McEnroe feels Novak Djokovic deserves to be given more respect



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John McEnroe feels Novak Djokovic deserves to be given more respect

Former seven-time Grand Slam champion John McEnroe feels Novak Djokovic deserves to be given more credit although Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are probably the two players who enjoy a much bigger popularity. Djokovic, Nadal and Federer are considered as the three greatest players in tennis history but Djokovic has never come even near to Nadal or Federer's level of popularity.

When Djokovic was making entrance for his French Open quarterfinal match versus Nadal, the Parisian crowd welcomed him with the boos. Then during the match, it was evident the crowd was on Nadal's side.

McEnroe: Djokovic is a credit to our game

"He [Medvedev] didn't deserve that [being booed], nor did Djokovic deserve it at the French [Open].

When they played, they were booing him when he came out," McEnroe told GQ. "Djokovic, you may not like him as much as Nadal or Federer, but he's a credit to our game for god's sakes. Medvedev, to me, hasn't recovered from that [Australian Open final] loss emotionally.

Not just because he lost, but because of the crowd.I was different. I had the ability to have a crowd. I had the greatest round of applause in the match I lost at the French against [Ivan] Lendl. 90 per cent of the people were clapping for me, then somehow by the end, I had got them all clapping against me.

That takes talent, to have a crowd that loves you, hate you by the end!" This past Sunday, Djokovic defeated Nick Kyrgios in the Wimbledon final to lift his 21st Grand Slam title. Nadal still owns the all-time Grand Slam record with 22 Grand Slams, while Federer is now the third with 20 Grand Slams.

Since Djokovic likely won't be allowed to compete at the US Open and there is a chance he won't be permitted to compete at the Australian Open as well, we may not see the Serb at a Grand Slam until the 2023 French Open.