Mark Petchey: Novak Djokovic not as loved as Federer and Nadal


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Mark Petchey: Novak Djokovic not as loved as Federer and Nadal

Most of the tournaments, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are crowd favourites but Novak Djokovic is often looked at as the person who broke that dominance, shedding wrong light on him. This is what Mark Petchey had to say for the Serb.

“I think that is part of the problem,” Petchey told ITV. “You have had two massive styles which have conjured earlier than when Novak got his A game together. Of course, that was just pure age, that wasn’t down to ability”.

“When you look at Novak’s record since 2011 against the top five players he has a much better win-loss percentage than both Roger and Rafa”. He further added, “From that point of view it has definitely been his period since 2011.

Even with the minor blip, he had a year and a bit ago”. Petchey also felt that fans had decided who their favourite player is before Djokovic arrived on the ATP stage. “There is a fairly warm embrace from the crowd these days,” he added.

He ended by saying, “They appreciate his willingness to dig deep into his linguistic skills. It is a huge plus for the tour when he goes around and wins these titles and talks in the various native languages”. “I think it has been very difficult for the fans to find within them, enough love for three amazing, amazing champions”. Novak Djokovic is in the quarterfinals of Roland Garros and is one of the favourites to lift the title this year.