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Novak Djokovic hits out at Wimbledon crowd after beating Holger Rune

Novak Djokovic hits out at Wimbledon crowd after beating Holger Rune

Novak Djokovic took aim at the Wimbledon crowds after his straight-sets win over Holger Rune.

The tennis legend felt that fans at the All England Club were booing him as he dispatched the Dane on Monday (08.07.24) to book his spot in the quarter-finals.

Throughout the match, spectators could be heard shouting "Ruuuuune" in support of his opponent but Djokovic saw things differently.

The Serbian ace said: "To all the fans that have respect and have stayed here tonight, thank you very much from the bottom of my heart. I appreciate it.

"And to all those people who have chosen to disrespect a player – in this case, me – have a goooood night."

BBC interviewer Rishi Persad responded: "I am hoping they were just commenting on Rune, and they were not disrespecting you."

The 24-time major champion insisted: "No. I know they were cheering for Rune, but that’s an excuse to also boo.

"Listen, I’ve been on the tour for more than 20 years, so trust me, I know all the tricks. I know how it works.

"It’s fine, it’s OK. I focus on the respectful people, who have respect, that paid the ticket to come and watch tonight, and love tennis and appreciate the players and the effort that the players put in here.

"I’ve played in a much more hostile environment, trust me. You guys can’t touch me."

In response to Djokovic’s claims, Rune said: "I mean, if you don't know what was happening, probably it sounded like boo. But if we all know what happened, it was my name."

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