Novak Djokovic honestly confesses how he really feels in hostile environments

Djokovic is no stranger to finding himself in hostile environments on the court.

by Dzevad Mesic
Novak Djokovic honestly confesses how he really feels in hostile environments
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Novak Djokovic says the pressure and stress increase when the crowd is against you but adds that he has learned how to "thrive" in hostile environments. Although Djokovic owns some of the biggest records in tennis, he hasn't been a fan favorite throughout his career.

During Grand Slams, Djokovic often has the crowd against him. Still, Djokovic is achieving incredible Slam results. Now, Djokovic explains that over the years he has figured out how to turn hostile environments into something positive for him.

“The amount of pressure and stress is so much higher if you have crowd against you. Absolutely. But (laugh) for most of my career, it was mostly hostile environments for me. I kind of learned how to thrive in that environment.

And people think that it’s actually better if, if they don’t like me so that it kind of gets the best out of me in terms of tennis. It did happen. But at the same time, I actually enjoy more (laugh) being in an environment where, you know, I have nice, nice support," Djokovic said on 60 Minutes on CBS News.

Djokovic recently encouraged the crowd to boo him harder

During last month's Paris Masters match against Tallon Griekspoor, the Parisian crowd started booing the Serb and he responded by encouraging them to boo him harder.

In the end, Djokovic won 4-6 7-6 (2) 6-4. After completing a win, Djokovic had a cheeky message for the Parisian crowd. “When I asked the audience to boo at me a little more, I won eight points in a row. But I didn't do anything to provoke the audience, that's how it is.

Is the Parisian crowd special? That's a good word, they are special - very special," Djokovic said. Djokovic ended up winning Paris and he also won the ATP Finals in Turin, where he also had the crowd against him.

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