Gilles Simon: Novak Djokovic breaking Roger Federer's records would annoy everyone

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Gilles Simon: Novak Djokovic breaking Roger Federer's records would annoy everyone

France's Gilles Simon thinks world No. 1 Novak Djokovic breaking Roger Federer's records would "annoy everyone" and he also suggests people are focused on good things when talking about the Swiss but the same can't be said when they they are talking about the Serb.

Djokovic, who claimed his 17th Grand Slam title after winning this year's Australian Open, is the third on the all time Grand Slam list as Federer sits on top of the list with 20 Majors, while Spain's Rafael Nadal comes at the second place with 19 Grand Slams.

Since winning a record eighth Australian Open title, 33-year-old Djokovic has said several times that he wants to break Federer's Grand Slam record and also surpass the Swiss on the list with most weeks spent as world No.

1. Federer, who was beaten by Djokovic in this year's Australian Open semifinal, underwent a season-ending knee surgery last month and he won't compete at the US Open and French Open when the season resumes. "It would annoy everyone if Djokovic breaks Federer's records.

It pisses people off that he's so strong. I see Djokovic like any human being, with his virtues and flaws. Like Roger & Rafa. But with Roger, we only talk about his virtues. With Novak — about his flaws," Simon told L'Equipe.

Simon defends Djokovic from criticism

After a total of four players who participated at the Adria Tour tested positive for the coronavirus, Djokovic received a lot of criticism as many were trying to portray him for the main culprit for what happened at the event.

One of the players who publicly spoke against Djokovic was Noah Rubin, who wasn't happy after seeing the images from the Adria Tour. The American also called out ATP Player Council President Djokovic for skipping the ATP Zoom call.

"There are not many players who fought more for [Noah Rubin] — his prize money in Challengers or qualifying — than Novak. By asking for Novak's resignation from the Player Council, he shot himself in the foot," Simon said.

Simon suggests some people wanted to catch Djokovic making a mistake. "The events at Adria Tour] gave [Djokovic's enemies] the stick to beat him with," Simon said.

"[Because of that huge mistake] all his work fell apart. It's now easy to say, 'Don't listen to Novak anymore!'''