Mark Petchey: You must respect Novak Djokovic’s success whatever your view of him is

Former British tennis player Mark Petchey has suggested that all of those who don’t respect what Novak Djokovic has accomplished should look themselves in the mirror and ask what type of person they are. 

“Whatever your view of @DjokerNole, if can’t respect the work, sacrifice he has put in and the success he has achieved in arguably the toughest era of men’s tennis ever, that is more a reflection of who you are than any negative on him,” Petchey wrote in a Twitter post. 

The crowd is usually rooting against Djokovic but Petchey has called the US Open crowd to appreciation for the Serb as he chases a historic Calendar Grand Slam. 

“There would be nothing sweeter than watching the @usopen crowd stand when @DjokerNole walks onto Ashe Stadium next time. This is possibly a once in a lifetime opportunity for us to witness in the men’s game and this unique possibility should be fully appreciated by tennis fans,” Petchey insisted. 

Djokovic makes a winning start 

On Tuesday, Djokovic overcame rising Danish star Holger Rune 6-1 6-7 (5) 6-2 6-1.

“It’s tough to talk about [the] third and fourth sets because he barely moved. [From] my side, I started great. Played a really, really good first set. After that, I don’t know, I was 4-3 serving in the second set. Everything was working well, but then I just lost the first serve,” Djokovic said. “Credit to him for fighting. He had the crowd behind him. It was tough to play in my first match, even though I had tonnes of experience playing on this court, for him it was the first one.

“Still, you get nerves. You still are feeling a little bit rusty at the beginning. Obviously I’m pleased with the way I finished the match. Again, it was not a fair battle on the court with his unfortunate injury and cramping.”