World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has admitted that he is well aware that he is not a crowd favorite and that he has gotten used to having the crowd against him. On Friday, Djokovic beat Denis Kudla in straight sets to make the Wimbledon round-of-16.
Djokovic, a 19-time Grand Slam champion, has never enjoyed fan support as much as Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have. "Look, to be honest, it is not something that the people do not see. It is a fact that I play 90 percent of my matches, if not even more than that, against the opponent, but against the stadium as well“, Djokovic said with a smile while speaking to Serbian press.
Djokovic used to having the crowd against him
"Places where I get more support than my opponent are rare,” he said. “It is something that I am used to, but on the other hand, I am a human being with emotions, so it is normal that sometimes it gets to me and annoys me when someone provokes me.
There were a few people, but I do not want to get into details. My reactions were explosive, perhaps more explosive than they should be, but I had to get it out of my system and put them in their place”. Djokovic was asked if he felt that he did not get enough respect from the crowd.
"Look, you know, in the heat of battle, these things happen,” he said. “You release the emotions, the stress, the pressure that you feel on the court. Yeah, sometimes you are maybe looking for a little bit of support or sometimes you just want to let it go.
That is what happened to me”. Djokovic has had a huge season so far, winning the Australian Open and French Open. Djokovic, who plays Cristian Garin next, is aiming to defend his Wimbledon crown. Djokovic won the 2019 Wimbledon title after saving two match points against Roger Federer. It remains to be seen if Djokovic can defend his Wimbledon title.