The tennis world is predominantly occupied by ‘Roger Federer fans’ and ‘Rafael Nadal fans’ and over a decade there have been fewer ‘Novak Djokovic fans’ and that reflects significantly during ‘Fedkovic’ and ‘Rafole’ battles.
Djokovic’s mother, Dijana Djokovic told GQ magazine that she suffers because of Federer and Nadal fans while Novak is in action against either of them. She doesn’t like the way in which Djokovic is treated while he battles against his arch-rivals.
When Novak Djokovic plays against Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal, unfortunately, just ten percent of the spectators cheer for the Serb. Unlike for ‘Fedal’ matches where there are equal number of fans rooting for both of them and while Djokovic plays against either of them, it altogether a different scenario.
“Yes. I can feel that. I feel it in Australia, New York, London, It’s (less) so in Paris. He stole their hearts when he started to speak French. Honestly, I don’t know. He’s so nice, he’s polite, he works so hard. But people don’t appreciate it because he is playing tennis in the era of Federer and Nadal. But if you put Federer against him they will cheer for Federer. In another way that gives him more strength, more power to beat him,” she said.
Despite all those negative vibes, World Number one, Novak Djokovic single-handedly fights against Federer or Nadal and the crowd, and he manages to be victorious most of the times. Presently, he has a positive head-to-head against both Federer and Nadal.
He takes everything positively and fights on the court mentally and physically. The Serb also has the ability to dampen ‘Come on Roger!’ and ‘Come on Rafa!’ cheers.
At US Open 2019, he retired in the midst of the fourth round match against Stan Wawrinka due to an injury and later received a cold gesture from the New Yorkers. Also, during matches Djokovic deals with negative cheering. When hits an unforced error or commits a double fault people to cheer for those actions by the Serb.
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