Modified April 19, 2020, 06:26 IST
Novak Djokovic emphasized that he would not expect the crowd to favor Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal.
১ 17-time Grand Slam champion, Djokovic is still behind Federer (25) and Nadal (১৯) in the men’s all-time list of majors, and the Serbian is still fighting for support compared to the Swiss and Spaniards.
On an Instagram live with Stan Wawrinka on Saturday, Djokovic discussed why this is the case, and acknowledged that he would often find himself on the wrong side of support for the pair.
“One thing for sure is that Roger is arguably the best player of all time,” he said.
“He’s the guy who is liked around the world, so I expect most of the time, to be honest, as long as he’s playing, the crowd will be in my favor. Some places, maybe, but for the most part, places will support Roger and I’m fine with that. Because it’s Roger.
“It’s the same situation with Rafa, so it’s very difficult for me to answer this question. Why is it so? Am I taking away people’s support in a negative way? I don’t think so.
“I think it’s just the glory of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and not just their tennis players, they are people, very charismatic, great guys, humble guys, great champions who have made a huge mark in our sport and I’m part of their era, So somehow I’m lucky and otherwise probably not so much. “
Djokovic asked Wawrinka for his views on the matter – three-time Grand Slam champion.
The Swiss felt that he needed something closer to a villain in tennis, with Djokovic, 32, taking on such a role.
“I think this is a bit to be sure of what you said,” said Wawrinka.
“I think at your young age you were definitely a little bit different as we all are and they were already great players, humble, always fair plays and all took this place. In a movie you can’t have three good boys, you need somebody against something, you. Do you know what I mean? I say it with great respect.
“When all three of you were young, that aspect took a while, and now it just makes a little bit of an impression.”