Former Serbian world No. 12 Viktor Troicki absolutely believes that fellow compatriot Novak Djokovic is unfairly targeted and that some have a wrong image of him. Djokovic, ranked at No. 1 in the world, is one of the most accomplished players in tennis history but it is no secret that he has never enjoyed a great media image such as his big rivals -- Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
"We all see that aversion, it is very easy to see," Troicki said, as quoted on Sportskeeda. "The fact is that Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer were at the top before Nole appeared, and then suddenly a guy from Serbia came and won all the tournaments.
That doesn't please others. We all know what the situation has been like in our country in recent decades. The world does not have a good image of us, so not everyone, but some condemn him and have a wrong image of him."
Troicki insists Djokovic is a great person
Djokovic, who claimed a record ninth Australian Open title this past February, now has 18 Grand Slams in his collection and he is two Majors away from tying the all-time Grand Slam record held by Nadal and Federer.
"He is above all a well-meaning man, he wants to help everyone, which he has shown many times," Troicki added. "(The fact) that they condemn him, is because they don't know him or they want to make a sensation where there isn't one.
It's not nice, they are wrong in many situations." Meanwhile, Djokovic kicked off his clay season at the Monte Carlo Masters, where he beat rising star Jannik in his opener at the tournament before suffering a shock round-of-16 loss to Dan Evans.
Djokovic then played at the Serbia Open in Belgrade, where he made the semifinal before suffering a surprise loss to eventual runner-up Aslan Karatsev. After winning the Australian Open, Djokovic's focus switched to putting himself in a position to contend for the French Open title.