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Novak Djokovic mistaking fans for haters—comedy gold or a sign of pressure getting to him?

Novak Djokovic never lets the crowd get over him during intense showdowns. It is the 9th day of the grass-court major event at Wimbledon and Novak Djokovic is battling for a position in the quarter-finals. The stadium which boasts a capacity of 42,000 spectators at a time was filled with loud cheers which confused the Serb and therefore forced him to make an irrelevant gesture.

Djokovic is currently maintaining his lead over the round of 16 rival Holger Rune. The match, which will guarantee the victor’s position in the quarter-finals is adding up new layers of intensity with every other game. Although the Serb managed to take control of the showdown right from the start, the crowd cheered for his rival, consistently singing the chanting “RUNEE RUNEE”.

However, the Serb got confused with the cheers and thought the crowd was booing at him. As a savage reply to the cheers that he mistook for booing, the Serb mocked the spectators by booing back at them. This incident, although meant to make the air more intense, turned into a hilarious one because of the Serb’s misconception.

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Djokovic’s presence at Wimbledon is nothing less than extraordinary. While there was a moment when fans were not sure about his participation because of the injury in his knee, he turned the odds in his favor and therefore managed to rise back. Having already won four intense matches on his journey so far, it seems like this could be the moment where he makes a comeback along with ending the title drought this season.

Besides the incident that happened on the court, the Serb didn’t lose his calm and therefore appreciated the rising levels of his rival. “He looks to me a player that is ready for big things. He’s a spectacular player, no doubt. He’s a very tricky opponent,” Djokovic said of Rune. Although the young Dane will have to pack his bags for now, the fact that he made it this far adds more stash and bash to his portfolio.

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While the booing topic seemed to have ended right there, Djokovic marked a continuation of it in his post-match interview.

Djokovic extends mockery against the crowd

Novak is not someone who steps out of the court without answering the doubts of his rivals and fans. While his racquet generally does the talking, the Serb chose to spice up the game and therefore continued to mock the crowd because of his misconception.

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Soon after defeating Rune with a final scoreline of 6-3, 6-4, 6-2, the Serb took center stage to speak his heart out. While the booing incident had his mind occupied, he couldn’t think of anything else and therefore reignited the topic. “To all the people who chose to disrespect the player, in this case me, have a ‘GOOOOD’ night,” he said.

The crowd that already knew the Serb mistook them, decided to keep it all aside and therefore joined their hands together to congratulate him for the him. As he now has a ticket to the quarter-finals, another challenge waits for him, this time in the form of Alex De Minaur.