There is an “aversion” in the direction of Novak Djokovic amongst some sections of the media because the Serb disrupted the dominance of fan favorites Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, based on countryman Viktor Troicki.
World primary Djokovic, 33, might probably end his profession with an all-time file haul of Grand Slam titles. The Serb at the moment has 18 to his identify – two behind the tally held by fellow greats Nadal and Federer.
Djokovic was the victor on the Australian Open earlier this season, comfortably seeing off younger Russian pretender Daniil Medvedev within the ultimate, though heading into Roland-Garros clay court docket king Nadal would be the sizzling favourite so as to add to his 13 titles within the French capital.
Despite rivalling Nadal and Swiss icon Federer on court docket for thus lengthy, Djokovic is broadly perceived because the least in style of the trio and has additionally come beneath fireplace for his stance on the Covid-19 vaccine in addition to organizing the ill-fated Adria Tour amid the pandemic final summer season.
At this yr’s Australian Open, Djokovic was labeled “a tool” by fellow professional Nick Kyrgios for suggesting that some gamers pressured into exhausting quarantine might be provided higher situations to permit them to coach.
For countryman Troicki – a former world quantity 12 who has three ATP Tour titles to his identify – the perceptions of Djokovic amongst many followers and members of the media are sometimes misguided.
“We all see that aversion. It is very easy to see,” Troicki stated in a recent interview in his homeland when requested if Djokovic is handled with hostility by some within the western media.
“The fact is, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer were at the top before Nole appeared, and then suddenly a guy from Serbia came and won all the tournaments.
“That doesn’t please others. We all know what the situation has been like in our country in recent decades, the world doesn’t have a good image of us, so not everyone, but some [people] condemn it and have the wrong image of it.”
Djokovic has been derided for his different views on points comparable to self-healing and outlandish suggestions that the ability of constructive vitality might cleanse polluted water.
However, even the Serbian star’s Adria Tour final summer season – which led to a blaze of ignominy when it was canceled following a spate of Covid-19 infections – was based mostly on charitable intentions to assist individuals in his native Balkans.
“He is above all a well-meaning man, he wants to help everyone, which he’s shown many times,” added Troicki, who joined Djokovic on the doomed Adria Tour final June.
“The fact that they condemn him, or they don’t know him, or they want to make a sensation where there is none, it’s not nice, they’re wrong in many situations.”
Since successful the Australian Open in February, Djokovic has suffered a shock early exit on the Monte-Carlo Masters and a semi-final defeat to Russian underdog Aslan Karatsev at his residence Serbian Open.
Despite these setbacks, Troicki says his countryman can be in competition for extra Grand Slam success this yr – one thing which the world primary himself has stated he’ll concentrate on, probably on the expense of performances elsewhere.
“His priority is to win Grand Slams,” Troicki stated. “In Paris it won’t be easy, but he’s a favorite at Wimbledon and at the US Open, he should win another Slam this year.”