“True Idol of the Masses”: Former Grand Slam Champion Insists Novak Djokovic Is Treated Unfairly

Published 02/27/2021, 9:30 AM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Men’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 21, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts during his final match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake


Nine-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic is the most successful player to play the Open. He maintains a one hundred percent record in the finals, winning all nine he has been a part of. However, despite creating history on numerous occasions, the Serbian player doesn’t receive his fair share of respect from the tennis fraternity. 

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There have been many instances during which Novak has been ‘booed’. Nonetheless, the Serb has developed a formula to use this reaction of the crowd to his advantage.

Recently, former French Open finalist, Alex Corretja, expressed her opinion on Djokovic not receiving his due support from the crowd and how he doesn’t have a fanbase similar to that of Rafa or Roger.

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Tennis – Australian Open – Men’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates with the trophy after winning his final match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Alex Corretja: “Novak Djokovic receives less support than he deserves”

The 46-year-old former player stated, “With the numbers in hand and seeing all that he contributes socially, he should be a true idol of the masses. On the contrary, he receives less than he deserves or, at least, that is my opinion and my perception. His attitudes and multiple reactions on the track have made him a target of the ‘Nadalistas’ or ‘Federistas’, or just tennis fans.” 

At the Australian Open 2021, Djokovic suffered from a muscle pull close to the right side of his abdomen. During the post-match interview after that match against Taylor Fritz, he was doubtful of stepping on court for the following match. However, as he progressed in the tournament, he felt more at ease with the injury.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 18, 2021, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning his semi-final match against Russia’s Aslan Karatsev REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

Speaking about Djokovic’s recent issues at the Australian Open, Alex added, “It is true that on many occasions his injuries are difficult to justify and understand. When later he is seen competing for one hundred percent as if nothing had happened. In my opinion, such is his level of anxiety and anguish, caused by his perfectionism and wanting to become the best in history.”

(Quotes have been translated via Google Translate)

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After winning the Australian Open, Novak is on 18 Majors. He has moved closer to Federer’s and Nadal’s record of 20 Grand Slam titles. As the race heats up, all eyes will be on the remaining three Grand Slam titles up for grabs this year.

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Rohan Kollare

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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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