NOVAK DJOKOVIC’S team are reportedly furious with Wimbledon fans for what they claim is a lack of respect for the 15-time Grand Slam champ. Ahea
NOVAK DJOKOVIC’S team are reportedly furious with Wimbledon fans for what they claim is a lack of respect for the 15-time Grand Slam champ.
Ahead of the 2019 final against Roger Federer, the Serb’s entourage are reportedly fed up with SW19 supporters not backing the tennis legend.
Djokovic sarcastically asked the crowd to back semi-final opponent Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut, after getting fed up with partisan support for his rival.
The Serb, 32, won in four sets to seal a dream final against eight-time Wimbledon champ Federer.
A source close to the tennis star has revealed they were “very angry” with the behaviour of fans in his semi-final win.
The world No1 put his finger to his mouth after winning a stunning 45-shot rally to save a break point in the third set.
The Daily Star Sunday claims an inside said that Djokovic’s box were very angry and upset at the way some fans were cheering his mistakes.
They claimed: “They just feel he deserves greater respect as a competitor. This doesn’t happen to other top players in the game.”
Federer, 37, will get the lion’s share of support in the final.
He has been a firm favourite at SW19 for nearly two decades.
The Swiss beat Rafa Nadal in his semi-final classic on Friday.
Tennis legend Martina Navratilova is expecting a thrilling final and thinks Djokovic’s return of serve will be crucial.
She told The Times: “Federer will have to change tactics against Djokovic.
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“Djokovic stays closer to the baseline, changes direction more easily than Nadal and is very accurate with his groundstrokes.
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“Federer will need to slice the ball more, keeping it low so Djokovic will find it hard to push him back beyond the baseline or hit clean winners.
“The serve, and percentage of first serves that go in, will be important for Federer.
“Nadal and Federer are both tremendous returners of serve, but Djokovic is the best in that department.”