Former world No. 5 Daniela Hantuchova has jumped to the defence of world No 1 Novak Djokovic, insisting that just because the Serb is different from Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer that doesn’t mean that he is a bad guy.
Djokovic drew lots of criticism following his outburst during the bronze medal match at the Tokyo Olympics.
Djokovic violently smashed his racket against Pablo Carreno Busta and also threw his racket into the empty stands.
However, Hantuchova believes that’s just the indication of how much Djokovic cares about winning.
“This is his personality, he’s not Rafa, he’s not Roger,” Hantuchova said, per Tennishead. “It shows how much he cares and how competitive he is. I think it’s good that all three are so different in so many ways and it allows us to enjoy what they have done over the last 20 years for our game.”
Hantuchova tips Djokovic to bounce back at the US Open
Djokovic, who captured his 20th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon, will be aiming to win the US Open and capture a Calendar Grand Slam.
Mentally, Djokovic has always been one of the strongest on the Tour and he never fails to deliver after a big disappointment.
Failing to win a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics certainly hurt Djokovic but Hantuchova believes the Serb will be fine when the time comes for the US Open.
“I feel losing in Tokyo could be good for him because he is always good at reacting to a setback and everything is lined up for him to do it,” Hantuchova said.
“But we have seen with Serena Williams that the pressure can be difficult when you are so close to something so special. He will face pressure trying to do something so special, but this is when he feels the most comfortable for me, when he has pressure.”