Serbian tennis player Dusan Lajovic suspects the Western media might have a tendency to search for Novak Djokovic's flaws and then try to damage his reputation. Djokovic, the founder of the Adria Tour, faced a lot of criticism after a total of four players tested positive for the coronavirus at his event.
Upon returning to Serbia from Spain in mid-May, Djokovic launched the Adria Tour -- which had a goal of visiting four countries in the Balkans. The 17-time Grand Slam champion had no financial gain from the Adria Tour as he announced all the money raised would be donated to charity.
But unfortunately the event was abruptly cancelled after several players tested positive for the coronavirus and Djokovic's project ended in disaster. Meanwhile, record 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer and world No.
2 Rafael Nadal have always enjoyed an outstanding media image. "Maybe it exists," Lajovic said on Sport Klub's Spor(t)light when he was asked if there's any tendency from the Western media to search for Djokovic's flaws.
"He came a little later, since everyone was already a fan of Federer or Nadal. Then a third (superstar) appeared. If we look at their successes, it cannot be said that someone is one hundred percent better than the other."
Lajovic tips Djokovic to break the all time Grand Slam record
Earlier this year, world No. 1 Djokovic beat Dominic Thiem in the final at Melbourne Park to claim a record eighth Australian Open and lift his 17th Grand Slam title.
Since then, the 33-year-old Serb has noted several times that his goal is to break the all time Grand Slam record and also break Federer's record of most weeks spent as world No. 1. "They are very close and it remains to be seen who will finish as the best."
Lajovic added. "On the other hand, Nole is moving towards that and maybe that (hate in the media) is one of the obstacles on that path to becoming the best. I look at it as an integral part of the job. He may not have the support of the audience, but why should he care? "He will have the most Grand Slams. Business is business and you shouldn't spend too much energy on things you can't directly influence."