Former Serbian world number 12 Viktor Troicki firmly believes compatriot Novak Djokovic is being wrongly targeted and that some have the wrong view of him. Ranked # 1 in the world, Djokovic is one of the most successful players in tennis history, but it’s no secret that he has never enjoyed a great media image like his great rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
“We all see this aversion, it’s very easy to see,” said Troicki, as quoted on Sportskeeda. “The fact is that Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer were at the top before Nole showed up and suddenly a man from Serbia came along and won all the tournaments.
Others don’t like that. We all know what the situation has been like in our country over the past few decades. The world doesn’t have a good picture of us, so not everyone, but some judge him and have a wrong picture of him. “
Troicki insists that Djokovic is a great person
Djokovic, who took the ninth Australian Open record last February, now has 18 Grand Slams in his collection and is two majors away from tying the all-time Grand Slam record held by Nadal and Federer.
“Above all, he is a well-intentioned man, he wants to help everyone, which he has shown many times,” added Troicki. “(The fact) that they judge him is because they don’t know him or want to create a sensation where there isn’t.
It’s not nice, they’re wrong in a lot of situations. “In the meantime, Djokovic started his clay season at the Monte Carlo Masters, where he defeated rising star Jannik at the start of the tournament before suffering a shock defeat against Dan Evans in the round of 16 .
Djokovic then played at the Serbia Open in Belgrade, where he reached the semi-finals, before suffering a surprise defeat against later runner-up Aslan Karatsev. After winning the Australian Open, Djokovic focused on putting himself in the position to fight for the French Open title.