Novak Djokovic clearly won his first round match of the Roland Garros 2020. Mikael Ymer did not manage to worry the Serbian champion at all and took home only five games, but on the other hand he played a crazy tweener and gained the support of the few fans present on the Philippe Chatrier.
We recall that the organizers' goal was to accommodate up to a maximum of 20 thousand crowd, but the increase of infections in France followed the spread of the COVID-19 global pandemic, especially in Paris, forced the government to scale back expectations and allow access to only 1000 people.
Who was Djokovic's controversial kiss really aimed to?
Despite these premises and the easy victory, Novak Djokovic found the time to warm the spirits, in particular that of some fans positioned in the front rows of the court.
During the final phase of the match, precisely on the score of 3-3 in the third set, a fan yelled something to underline the mistake of the Belgrade. This gesture did not go unnoticed by Djokovic, who looked at the fan involved in this curtain several times.
Then when Djokovic conquered the decisive break and pulled an excellent backhand winner, he turned to the boy and sent him a highly controversial kiss. The cameras thus focused on the public and in particular on a fan wearing a Roger Federer cap.
We do not know if the spectator repeatedly framed was the real target of Djokovic’s glare and on the other hand it is also easy to assume that the 17-time Grand Slam champion did not have the time to accurately observe the brand on the cap of the person concerned.
When asked about the incident at the press conference, Djokovic joked and cheered those present: "The fan present in the stands was a childhood friend of mine. I sent him a kiss. I was very happy to see him there."
Only in the next few days, if the fan in question will show up on social media or release some interviews, will we be able to discover the truth. Djokovic nevertheless obtained an important victory and qualification for the second round of the Parisian Grand Slam.
In the last year and half, the rivalry between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic has flared up all the time, especially after the Wimbledon 2019 final, won by the Serbian Champion after the Swiss Maestro failed two match-points on his service.
Then there were the shocking and controversial statements from Nole on Roger's parents. In the second round of the French Open 2020, Djokovic will face Ricardas Berankis, while Roger Federer, after the two knee surgeries, will come back onl in 2021, for the upcoming Australian Open.
It seems Djokovic received some heckling after missing a point, gave a long glare to a guy wearing a Federer cap, and then send a kiss. #RG20 pic.twitter.com/E6gHOFJIVe — tennis gifs 🎾🎥 (@tennis_gifs) September 29, 2020