At Wimbledon, followers of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal might ‘unsettle’ Novak Djokovic.
According to Marion Bartoli, Novak Djokovic could be unsettled by the Centre Court crowd in the Wimbledon final.
During his career, Novak Djokovic has not had the same degree of support as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. On Sunday, the world No. 1 takes on Matteo Berrettini of Italy in the Wimbledon final, hoping to tie their Grand Slam record.
Over the last ten years, the Serb has dominated men’s tennis, and success in Sunday’s final will give him a record-tying 20th Grand Slam.
This year, Djokovic has already won the Australian Open and Roland Garros, and in 2021, he will be aiming for an unprecedented “golden slam.”
To complete the uncommon feat, the world No. 1 would need to add the Wimbledon title to his Olympic gold and US Open success.
Despite his great success, Djokovic has failed to captivate the hearts and minds of vast segments of the tennis community.
His blunders and double faults in the 2019 Wimbledon final against Federer were welcomed by the centre court audience, who were keen to see him lose to the Swiss.
According to former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli, Djokovic’s lack of fan support could hurt him.
“Where to start against a player who has no evident weakness?” she stated to the Mail on Sunday.
“The only obvious strategy is to be as aggressive as possible and hope that you can keep it up.
“Instilling doubt in his mind and enlisting the support of the crowd will also be important.
“It appears Djokovic gets agitated when he doesn’t get the same degree of backing as Roger and Rafa.”
Despite the dearth of fan support, Djokovic has trained his mentality to not be affected by the audience.
“I like to translate it in a way: when the crowd is yelling ‘Roger,’ I hear ‘Novak,” he remarked after the 2019 Wimbledon final.
“It sounds ridiculous, but it is.”
Djokovic has dominated this year’s competition, dropping only one set throughout the course of the fortnight.
On day one, Britain’s Jack Draper won the first set against the Serb, but the reigning Wimbledon winner has mostly been untroubled since.
With a win on Sunday, he will have won his sixth title at the All England Club, trailing only Federer’s record of eight.
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