Federer-loving Wimbledon fans slammed for booing Djokovic and showing lack of respect during final

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WIMBLEDON fans were blasted for booing Novak Djokovic during yesterday’s final – with three-time champion Borus Becker insisting the Serb deserves more respect.

Roger Federer is almost always the crowd favourite when he plays, especially on Centre Court at Wimbledon.

Wimbledon's Centre Court crowd were criticised for their vocal support of Roger Federer during yesterday's final
Wimbledon’s Centre Court crowd were criticised for their vocal support of Roger Federer during yesterday’s final
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So it was no surprise he was cheered on by the 15,000 in attendance yesterday.

But many felt the spectators crossed the line with their treatment of opponent Djokovic.

The world No1, 32, eventually won a dramatic contest 7-6 1-6 7-6 4-6 13-12, securing victory with a deciding-set tie-break for the first time in a singles match at SW19.

That was despite the crowd getting on his back, clapping some errors and jeering him in the final set.

On one point, eight-time champion Federer challenged a call, it wasn’t spotted by the chair umpire or Djokovic immediately, so the Serbian then questioned the umpire when he though his opponent had made a late appeal.

Boris Becker, the youngest man to win Wimbledon and a former coach of Djokovic, gave credit to the champion.

He said: “It triggered him to fight in the fifth set.

“He got a bit riled and gave some stares to people in the crowd but that’s how he works, that’s how he ticks.

Federer is the greatest of all time here and has the right to get that love, but on the other side you have to respect a four-time champion a little bit more.


Boris Becker

“There comes a point when you get frustrated, but I thought he handled himself well and was mentally well prepared.

“Federer is the greatest of all time here and has the right to get that love, but on the other side you have to respect a four-time champion a little bit more.

“I hope next year, if they played again, it would be more even.

“He came into the party that was the Roger and Rafa [Nadal] party and he became the party pooper.

“Now, after 16 majors, people have got to wake up to the greatness of Novak Djokovic.”

Djokovic is now just two Grand Slam titles behind Rafael Nadal and four off Federer, who is widely considered as the Greatest Of All Time.

And plenty on Twitter were delighted to see the Serb prevail in front of the partisan Federer-loving crowd.

One said: “I get that it’s a pro-Federer crowd but the booing of Djokovic at Wimbledon was undeserved and sort of pathetic. Good, fair match.”

Novak Djokovic was booed as he spoke to the chair umpire about what he thought was a late challenge
Novak Djokovic was booed as he spoke to the chair umpire about what he thought was a late challenge
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Novak Djokovic's Wimbledon Record

2005: Third round

2006: Fourth round

2007: Semi-final

2008: Second round

2009: Quarter-final

2010: Semi-final

2011: WINNER

2012: Semi-final

2013: Runner-up

2014: WINNER

2015: WINNER

2016: Third round

2017: Quarter-final

2018: WINNER

2019: WINNER


Another wrote: “Glad he won after that crowd booing him.”

A third added: “This crowd is horrible. Booing Djokovic just because he went to talk to the Umpire when that ball was called out. Don’t let them bring you down, Nole.”

And finally, one put: “Regardless of who wins the crowd at Wimbledon are a joke. Booing Djokovic at 11 each in the 5th set, embarrassing.”

The Serbian enjoyed the last laugh as he lifted his fifth Wimbledon crown to move on to 16 Grand Slams
The Serbian enjoyed the last laugh as he lifted his fifth Wimbledon crown to move on to 16 Grand Slams
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