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‘Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal don’t get booed…’ – Legend accuses fans of Novak Djokovic witch hunt

Novak Djokovic is the target of far too much unfair criticism, says former coach Boris Becker, who says Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer get a much easier ride.

Djokovic has long had a tumultuous relationship with some tennis fans, mainly those who back Nadal and Federer.

The London crowd can be especially cruel to the Serb, with him having double faults cheered at the ATP Finals last year.

However, Becker says it’s part of a wider sub-conscious campaign to punish Djokovic for ‘gatecrashing’ the Federer and Nadal rivalry, and it’s grossly unfair.

“He’s a people person, he does a lot of charity work in Serbia through his foundation,” Becker said of Novak Djokovic.

“And yet people only talk about him when he breaks the rules. Novak Djokovic is a champion, he always wants to win, but sometimes he makes mistakes too.

“In men’s tennis, fans are divided between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

“Then here comes Djokovic who crashes the party – this is why he gets so much criticism. Nobody is perfect.

“Roger double faults, Rafa double faults… they don’t get booed.”

Michael Graham, Editor, has been a professional sports journalist for his whole career and is especially passionate about tennis. He's been the Editor of for over 5 years and loves watching live tennis by visiting as many tournaments as possible. Michael specialises in writing in-depth features about the ATP & WTA tours.