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Djokovic on why he gets less support than Federer and Nadal

Novak Djokovic (AFP)
Novak Djokovic (AFP)

Cape Town - Novak Djokovic believes the crowd is always against him when he faces rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on court.

Djokovic has had to contend with crowds generally favouring his opponent when facing his two biggest rivals during his career.

It hasn't stopped him from carving out a fine record against them, but it's something he has been forced to adopt a philosophical attitude over.

"It is a fact that most fans support Federer and Nadal against me but that's due to what they represent in world tennis," Djokovic told the press in Serbia.

"It doesn't mean that fans hate me and it certainly doesn't mean that I need to turn Serbia against the rest of the world just because fewer people support me in Grand Slam finals."

Djokovic cited the Wimbledon final last year, when he snatched the title away from Federer despite partisan support for the Swiss star as an example of how the disparity of support can actually help drive him.

"When they chanted 'Roger, Roger' I willed myself into believing they were chanting 'Novak, Novak'," he said.

"Sometimes it does give me an impetus. But honestly, I do prefer having the crowd on my side.

"Where would you rather be, in a place where 10 000 fans are with you or against you?"

- TEAMTalk media

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