'Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer were at the top before...', says ATP ace



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'Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer were at the top before...', says ATP ace

While he has come close to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in terms of victories, even beating some of their records, there is no doubt that Novak Djokovic remains by far the least loved and popular of the Big 3 in men's tennis.

The reasons are to be found in a long series of reasons, which have made the Serbian less appreciable in the eyes of the fans. The number 1 in the world has in fact been involved in some controversial episodes over the years, such as to ruin the image of the 33-year-old from Belgrade both on and off the pitch.

The Djokovic family, with particular reference to his father Srdjan, probably contributed to worsening the situation by expressing questionable thoughts on both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. In a long interview granted to the 'Objektiv' portal in recent days, his compatriot Viktor Troicki revealed that there is an evident prejudice towards the 18-time Grand Slam champion.

Nole won the Australian Open earlier this year, just two points behind his eternal rivals in the all-time Majors rankings.

Troicki on Novak Djokovic

"We all see that aversion, it is very easy to see," Viktor Troicki said.

"The fact is that Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer were at the top before Novak Djokovic 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. 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." Viktor Troicki, on his part, claimed that while Novak Djokovic might find it tough to triumph at Roland Garros, he is the player to beat at both Wimbledon and the US Open.

"His priority is to win Grand Slams," Troicki said. "In Paris it can be a little more difficult, but he is a favorite at Wimbledon and at the US Open, he certainly wins another Slam this year." The Mutua Madrid Open, which is the second Masters 1000 tournament on clay, is all set to start with top players from both the ATP and WTA tours looking forward to making their mark in this prestigious event.

Even though a lot of top players are leading the race at the upcoming Mutua Madrid Open, there are a few players who are all set to miss out on the action. Roger Federer, Serena Williams, and Novak Djokovic are amongst the notable names to skip the Madrid Open this year.