Novak Djokovic was asked if players' fines was one of the topics he spoke with the player council members. Nick Kyrgios got a $113,000 fine following his antics against Karen Khachanov. "We have not talked too much about fines in the past, as I can recall, to be honest.
It's more of a decision of, I think, combined between ATP and the tournament, I think, depending on the severity of the behaviour of the player. So it's tough to really judge, to say what's right, what's wrong, whether it should be more or less.
The match was, I thought, a great quality match in terms of tennis for a couple of sets. And then Khachanov just was tougher in the end", said Djokovic. On the crowd cheering for Pablo Carreno Busta in order to take the match to a third set, the Belgrade native added: "You have part of the crowd cheering for me, part of the crowd cheering for my opponent.
It's normal. It's something that you experience or face more or less every single match. I try to, you know, focus on what I need to do and focus on the positive energy that I get from the crowd, as well, and use that in my favour.
That's quite simple. At times it's not easy, but I guess that's the right way to go." Cincinnati is one of the less successful events in career for Djokovic who only triumphed once, last year beating Roger Federer in a straight-set final. But the Serb is now the favourite to lift the trophy as the Swiss lost and Rafael Nadal is not there.