Seventy-fifth career victory at Wimbledon and qualification for the Round of 16 for the number one in the world and big favorite of the tournament Novak Djokovic. The Serbian champion struggled more than expected to beat the American Denis Kudla, also due to a less than perfect tennis. During the race Nole became the protagonist of some exultation judged excessive so much that the same public did not appreciate. In the press conference, the nineteen-time winner of Grand Slam tournaments dealt with many topics and tried to explain his feelings. Here are his statements: “I am not satisfied with how I played today. The public on Kudla’s side? It depends on how you see it, but I don’t want to complain and I am grateful to have undertaken this journey in the circuit that has certainly helped me to be a stronger man. I have a strong character, I reacted like this because I am a fighter and I do everything to ensure that I manage not to give up, even in the worst circumstances, I always want to come out as a winner from the race. Kudla fought and played a good game from the start, until the tenth game of the first set it was a tight match, then I won four games in a row and everything seemed to be going better. In the third set things got a bit complicated again and overall I’m not satisfied with how the match went. Obviously in some moments I did well but in general I didn’t have a good pace, even if I don’t want to talk about the negative aspects, in general I know I can do better.” Speaking about the Olympics Novak Djokovic made the following statements: “I am very motivated to play the Olympics and fight to win a medal. I have great aspirations for that tournament which I consider the biggest in the history of this sport. Representing my country is a huge honor and privilege, I always try to do it in the competitions in which Serbia and Serbian tennis participate and undoubtedly after the Grand Slams it is my main goal.” Denis Kudla lost to Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon third round on Friday. And after the match, he claimed that one of the reasons Djokovic doesn’t get a lot of crowd support is that the majority of tennis spectators are fans of Roger Federer.
Denis Kudla on the GOAT debate
According to Denis Kudla, such fans want Roger Federer to hold on to his Grand Slam record, and so they express hostility towards Novak Djokovic. “I think everyone respects what Novak does a lot, but they want to see surprises,” Kudla said. “With Federer, it’s different, they always encourage him. But in the end, Djokovic doesn’t care. He’s determined to win, he’s extremely good. There really is nothing he can do wrong on the court.” Kudla suggested that most people are aware how Djokovic is a big threat to Roger Federer’s record of 20 Grand Slams, and so they don’t want him to keep winning. “Everyone respects what he (Novak Djokovic) does, but I think there are unanimously Roger fans in this world,” Kudla said. “I think they just maybe want him to keep that record. That’s probably one reason they cheer against him.”