In an interview to The Tennis Podcast, Janko Tipsarevic commented on how the crowd's support toward Novak Djokovic can increase when Roger Federer retires from professional tennis. The former top ten players said: "On the tennis court I think he enjoys it a little bit because he had success at the US Open against Federer.
But don’t forget when Roger was coming up and Andre [Agassi] and Pete [Sampras] were still playing, who was the crowd cheering for? This is absolutely normal. When Federer is playing against Sampras at Wimbledon, 80 per cent of the crowd is cheering for Sampras.
Because they know this may be the last Wimbledon he plays. When the older guys are on tour, still playing and competing, it is generally normal that people are cheering more for the older, greater players. Once Federer retires and Novak is still playing and competing against Dominic Thiem, Sascha Zverev, [Denis] Shapovalov or whoever is coming up, the crowd will generally cheer for Novak.
That’s just the way it goes”. Speaking on Amazon Prime the pundit Mark Petchey commented on Novak Djokovic's three-set win over Philipp Kohlschreiber in Monte Carlo. The Serb did not deliver his best tennis but he still went through.
"He’s not going to be hitting the panic button", Petchey said. "Last year he didn’t play particularly well in Indian Wells and Miami. Got through to the last 16 and lost to Roberto Bautista Agut in three sets and everything started to slowly click into gear.
It is not going to be the worst thing that happened in Indian Wells and Miami. It is a bit of a wake-up call. He actually got a better head-to-head record against Rafa on clay since 2013 when he beat him here in Monte Carlo final.
This is a very strong surface for him. He looks ready to go. Watching him in practice he looked right in the mood for the fight that is coming”. The fellow pundit Sam Smith praised Kohlschreiber's longevity: “35-years of age.
He is super fit. I think he gets inspired by the 37-year-old Roger Federer. He’s been a wonderful player for a long long time. And he is not afraid of Novak. He is rested as well. He took time out after that. He didn’t play in Miami.
That was is his most successful Masters series in Indian Wells. Monte Carlo is his second most successful in terms of match wins so he likes playing here. He beat Andy Murray a couple of years ago here. He is a dangerous opponent. He’s not the kind of guy Novak would have wanted to play first of all in his opening match."