“I Cant Hear You Shout”: Novak Djokovic Taunts Wimbledon Crowd After Saving Break Points Against Matteo Berrettini

Published 07/11/2021, 11:49 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 28, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts during his first round match against Britain’s Jack Draper Pool via REUTERS/Simon Bruty


It’s the final of one of the most prestigious sporting events in the world, the Wimbledon Championships 2021. The World No. 1 Novak Djokovic took on Italy’s first time Grand Slam finalist Matteo Berrettini.

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As the match started, Novak Djokovic began serving. He did look shaky in the first couple of service games but managed to hold. Soon after, he broke Matteo Berrettini in the fourth game and was sitting strong on a healthy lead.

Eventually, the set had to be decided in a tiebreaker. Suprisingly, it was the Italian who was more clinical, which helped him seal the tiebreaker an opening set 7-6(4) in 71 minutes.

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Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 9, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his semi final match against Canada’s Denis Shapovalov REUTERS/Toby Melville

In the following set, Djokovic came back stronger and broke Berrettini twice early on. However, the Italian put up a fight and managed to get a break back only before the Serb won the set 6-4.

Crowds get the better of Novak Djokovic

In the third set, the Serb got the early break and was sitting strong. Soon after, Berrettini got two chances to break but the Serb was too strong. The crowd got into it and that tweaked Djokovic’s nerve. After saving the breakpoints, Novak looked towards the crowd and stated, “I can’t hear you.” 

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 9, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his semi final match against Canada’s Denis Shapovalov REUTERS/Paul Childs

In recent years, people have witnessed the Serb getting provoked by the presence and comments of certain sections of the crowds. However, he has made it a habit to use that as an inner strength, which has helped him see the winning side of things.

The match had reached a critical juncture and it will be interesting to see how things turn out during the remainder of the match.

Watch this story: When Roger Federer Toyed With His Opponent So Bad He Asked Advice From Andre Agassi in the Crowd

“I can’t hear you”, shouts Djokovic after saving 2 BPs.

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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