Mouratoglou: "The crowd hates Djokovic because he beat Federer and Nadal"

Serena Williams' former coach analyzed the three champions' relationship with the crowds

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Mouratoglou: "The crowd hates Djokovic because he beat Federer and Nadal"
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Patrick Mouratoglou analyzed the crowd relationship with Novak Djokovic. Serena Williams' former coach expressed a frank and clear point of view on the situation, explaining how - in his opinion - the crowds started to hate the Serbian champion when he became to beat his rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

The Frenchman said that when Djokovic started winning the first important titles of his glorious career, the Swiss and the Spaniard were already stars who had been shining on the tennis courts just for a few years and, their rivalry, was broken by the advent of the Serbian champion.

"Djokovic doesn't like this negativity, but sometimes he pushes the crowd to boo him because it helps him during the matches. What we should not forget is he has 14 million followers on Instagram, he is a huge hero in Serbia.

Nole is the greatest name in current tennis. We will all miss him when he stops playing the sport. Federer and Nadal were the biggest tennis stars at the time, but Djokovic came in and beat them. The crowds hated him for that. I think he is booed for other reasons as well," explained Mouratoglou.

The other themes touched on by Mouratoglou

The French coach also analyzed why tennis players break their rackets: "There are tennis players who say they regret having destroyed a racket but that's not the case.

Because they are perfectly aware that that gesture was necessary to win the match. Making that movement with such so much power frees you from the stress and pressures you may have, but it also serves to unleash the anger necessary to fight against adversity.

When the players do it they clearly know that the gesture will be taken badly by the stands and will be against them, but they do it because they need to feel hated to raise the level of the game. It's definitely not the ideal way, it doesn't convey a good image and it's not an exemplary thing for young people, but if it's what they believe will give them a better chance of winning that match, they do it."

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