“On His Way To Be Loved”: Boris Becker Rallies Behind Novak Djokovic

Published 10/27/2021, 5:30 PM EDT
Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia (L) is overcome with emotion during an interview with ESPN hist Chris McKendry (R) during the trophy ceremony after his match against Daniil Medvedev of Russia (not pictured) in the men’s singles final on day fourteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports


While his skills on the court have always been unquestionable, Novak Djokovic has not always received the same love and support as his rivals, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. He’s always had an antagonistic relationship with tennis crowds and seemed to feed off that energy. However, things began to change for the Serb at the US Open this season. 

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Recently, Novak’s former coach Boris Becker spoke about the warm reception Djokovic received during the final of the US Open 2021. The former German player senses a change in the future. He feels the crowds will be warmer towards the Serbian ace. 

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The three-time Wimbledon champion stated, “The standing ovations he received during the final were good for him – and should make it clear to Novak that he is on his way to be loved in the fall of his career. The respect for his performance was always there, but now you also feel for him emotionally.”

(Quotes translated using Google translate)

Novak Djokovic and Boris Becker were a lethal duo

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Djokovic and Becker had a successful association in the past from 2013 to 2016. It was under the 53-year-old former player and coach that the World No. 1 player flourished. One could sense the shift in Novak’s game, which made him beat the likes of Federer and Nadal regularly. During their time together, Nole won 6 Grand Slam titles. 

Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia speaks to the crowd during the trophy presentation ceremony after his match against Daniil Medvedev of Russia (not pictured) in the men’s singles final on day fourteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

Coming to tennis, Djokovic was last seen in New York in the final of the US Open. Sadly, he lost the match but won hearts as the crowd was affectionate towards him, which was a rare occurrence for the Serb. 

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He is expected to represent Serbia in the Davis Cup and is tipped to compete in Paris and then the season-ending ATP Finals. We wish him all the best for the remainder of the season. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has 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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