‘Novak Can’t Really Claim..’ – ‘Secret’ Fan’s Brutal Admission Comes to Light as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal Receive the Cold Shoulder

Published 08/22/2023, 3:06 AM EDT

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It’s no joke to take on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal! But the Serbian tennis legend, Novak Djokovic, not only fought against them but also created a name for himself in the same Federer-Nadal era. But even after shining alongside his ‘big three’ rivals, it was tough for him to move past the popular faces of his time to be the tennis star he is today. Recently, a secret member of the ‘Nolefam’, the former British number one, Johanna Konta, highlighted how difficult it was for the 23-time Grand Slam Champion to stand tall against his two rivals, Rafa and Roger.

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Recently, the 32-year-old British tennis player shocked everyone by claiming that she is a ‘secret Djokovic fan’. After making this revelation, the former British number one also emphasized how the 2023 Australian Open champion rarely came out on top in the popularity debate with his Big Three rivals.


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In an interview with Tennis 365, Konta also stated reasons why the 36-year-old tennis star received a lot of hate, even after doing a lot of things for the sport as an underdog talent.

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She said, “Also, Rafa and Roger can claim they changed the game, they brought in something new. Novak can’t really claim that. He just got there a bit later, but by God, he is one of the main reasons why the game is where is it now. I think it sucks for him that he doesn’t get that kind of fan recognition.” 

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Further, she also highlighted how a lot of fans don’t like the Serb because it’s trendy. Apart from that, she also added that a lot of haters don’t even know the reason for not liking Djokovic.

Subsequently, another WTA legend, Marion Bartoli, also agreed with the former world number 4 tennis player supporting the 23-time Grand Slam champion.


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Marion Bartoli is also a fan of Novak Djokovic 

After the interview with Konta, tennis 365 also interviewed the 2013 Wimbledon champion, where she expressed her views on the popularity debate surrounding the Serb. The former French tennis player talked about how the 36-year-old tennis star deserves a lot more respect from tennis fans around the world.

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In addition, she also stated that when the 2023 Australian Open champion finishes his career, he will probably be the only person standing with the most Grand Slam titles. Earlier, the 38-year-old also supported the Serb’s PTPA for voicing concerns in the tennis world.

Nevertheless, do you agree with the WTA stars standing behind Novak Djokovic in the popularity debate? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.


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Pratishtha Prakash


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Pratishtha Prakash is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. She has completed her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Media and Journalism from MIT ADT University, Pune. Being a sports enthusiast, she has been following varied sports like tennis, cricket and Esports from her childhood.
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Tony Thomas