Djokovic slams Wimbledon crowd after being booed

Tanya Simon
July 11, 2018

WIMBLEDON, England-He may not be at his best, but Novak Djokovic-three times a Wimbledon champion-looks more like himself with each match he plays.

Djokovic heaped praise on Edmund ahead of their third-round tie, saying he is impressed with the way the 23-year-old has been handling the burden of expectations of the Brits in the absence of two-time champion Andy Murray, who withdrew from the tournament at the eleventh hour.

Djokovic will take on Karen Khachanov in the last 16 on Monday after the Russian came from two sets down to defeat American youngster Frances Tiafoe 4-6 4-6 7-6 (7-3) 6-2 6-1. In the second set, I had 0-30, had a break point one of the games, so I could have broken.

Edmund could not avoid being broken in his next service game, though, and Djokovic served out the match with minimal fuss.

Although the Australian fended off a match point, he was unable to save the second, with Nadal approached the net playing a backhand volley to seal the win.

There were those within British tennis who had reservations about Edmund working with two coaches but the yin and yang of calm Englishman Mark Hilton and ebullient Swede Fredrik Rosengren appears to be a flawless fit. "I thought the crowd's reaction after (the time violation) was quite unnecessary".

"A couple guys were pretending they were coughing and whistling while I was bouncing the ball more or less to the end of the match at that end where I received the time violation".

"Those are the things obviously that people don't get to see or hear on the TV".

'No, no, no. I don't think he deserves that, ' he said after his triumph. That's what I didn't like.

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England enters Wednesday's semifinal at +135 on the money line, meaning you'd need to bet $100 on an English victory to win $135. We can feel the energy and feel support from home and it's a very special feeling, a privilege for us.

"But at times they were slightly unfair to me".

There were still a few empty seats as play started, but those who had returned created a buzz which they hoped could help Edmund make a fast start.

Good sports in the end: Kyle Edmund and Novak Djokovic shake hands at the end of their feisty Wimbledon match. Edmund needs to be wary of the Serb's returning skills and he needs to get his serves on target if he is to cause an upset at the Center Court today.

He also insisted he was unsure whether the ball actually bounced twice on the disputed call in the fourth set.

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Meanwhile, Djokovic claimed the partisan atmosphere on Centre Court went too far - defending his decision to blow kisses at the crowd as things got tetchy. I have been playing these Wimbledon courts for a decade.

"I'm sure they'll factor that in", he said. "All the volunteers, all the people who were working, everybody was quite tense with 15 minutes to go and then I could feel relief".

In the women's draw, favoured Simona Halep was bundled out 6-3 4-6 5-7 to surprise Taiwan contender Hsieh Su-wei and Angelique Kerber made light work of Naomi Osaka 6-2 6-4.

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