Novak Djokovic: Unfair media portrayal affects me but will never break my spirit

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Novak Djokovic: Unfair media portrayal affects me but will never break my spirit

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic suffered a side injury during his Australian Open third round clash against Taylor Fritz and ended up claiming a win but he didn't get as much credit as some expected he would. Last year, Federer saved seven match points to beat Tennys Sandgren at the Australian Open and his win drew lots of attention.

"That’s like opening Pandora’s box. If we begin to discuss that, we won’t finish this evening. Presumably there are millions of different reasons," Djokovic said, when he was asked in Serbian why comments were so weak on his win versus Fritz compared to the Federer Sandgren matchlast year, per Tennis Majors.

Djokovic feels he is being treated unfairly by the media

Though Djokovic is ranked at No. 1 in the world and he is a 17-time Grand Slam champion, he has never enjoyed the reputation similar to the one that Federer and Rafael Nadal enjoy.

"I cannot say that it doesn’t sometimes get to me – of course that an injustice or an unfair portrayal by the media affects me. I am a human being, I have emotions and naturally I don’t enjoy it," Djokovic admitted.

"I have the power only to control that which I am doing, not that which others are writing about me, how they judge or criticise me. After all, that is up to them and has nothing to do with me, I can’t influence it "Nobody in the media can break my spirit for my connection with my own soul and consciousness is deeper than any news that is written and any sort of public criticism.

I know who I am, what I am, where I am, where I’ve been and where I’m going – I proudly point all that out." Record eight-time Australian Open champion Djokovic plays against Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinal at Melbourne Park.