World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has admitted that it is never easy playing against fellow Big Three Group members Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal as he knows the majority of the crowd will be one their side when they play. Djokovic, a 17-time Grand Slam champion, has a positive record against both Federer and Nadal but he has never enjoyed the same type of popularity those that the Swiss and the Spaniard enjoy.
"Of course it's not that easy, when you have most people in stadium cheering for your opponent. As long is there is respect, I am ok with that. I understand it.. I’m not proud of some of my reactions to the crowd, I know it’s not necessary for me to react but we are all people and we all get emotional.
Especially when you are alone on the court," Djokovic answered Wawrinka on Instagram Live, when the Swiss asked how he deals with the lopsided crowds when he plays Federer, as revealed on Tennis Now. Djokovic, who will be turning 33 next month, says it took him to time to stop paying too much attention to not having the same support as Federer and Nadal.
"Earlier in my career against Roger and Rafa it was tougher for me, I felt like it wasn’t fair, I felt like I deserved more support, I was spending a lot of energy, but through my own evolution of an athlete I began to accept it, I felt a huge relief and was able to conserve more energy," Djokovic said.