By Le Figaro with AFP
The Serb reflected on a tense moment with a group of British fans during the Davis Cup match on Thursday.
Serbian Novak Djokovic said his altercation with British fans was due to their “lack of respect“, after Serbia’s victory over Great Britain in the Davis Cup quarter-finals on Thursday.
The world No.1 qualified Serbia for the Davis Cup semi-finals against Italy, easily beating Cameron Norrie (18th) 6-4, 6-4 in the second singles against Great Britain, but then he asked a group of British supporters “to learn to behave“.
Djokovic lost patience when some fans tried to drown out his victory speech with drums, to which the superstar said he had to respond.
“Throughout the match there was a lack of respect, but that is something I have to expect in the Davis Cup», Reacted the 36-year-old to the press.
According to him, it is “normal that supporters sometimes go beyond the limits. In the heat of the moment, we sometimes also react and show that we do not tolerate this kind of behavior.» «They can do whatever they want, but I’ll answer this“, he said.
During the match, Djokovic, a 24-time Grand Slam winner, was annoyed by the same fans who were bothering him and put his hand to his ear after winning a point in the second set.
His blood boiled when they didn’t let him express himself freely after his victory.
“I was trying to speak and they deliberately started drumming to stop me“, he explained. “They tried to bother me the whole match, so we had a little chat at the end.»
Djokovic’s victory puts him on course for a duel against Italian Jannik Sinner, whom he beat on Sunday at the ATP Masters to win his seventh title of the season.