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Novak Djokovic gave a blunt response after he was booed again at the French Open. “I just keep winning,” said the Serbian superstar. The 22-time Grand Slam champion is now just a win away from overtaking the record he shares with Rafa Nadal by beating Carlos Alcaraz in the French Open semi-finals.
The Spanish world No.1 suffered from full body cramps during the third set – and fans booed after Alcaraz forfeited his service game to allow him to get treatment.
And Djokovic was again booed after he closed out the match 6-3 5-7 6-1 6-1 in a three hours and 23 minutes. Asked about the reaction of Paris crowd, the Wimbledon champion insisted that he was not fazed by the reaction, claiming: “I don’t mind. It is not the first time or the last time. I just keep winning.”
The Serbian superstar was also jeered and booed when receiving a medial timeout during his third round win here.
Then he admitted his relationship with the French Open crowd had been “up and down throughout his career”. He then added: “They gave me a lot of support, I think, in the years where I was losing in finals or, the last couple of steps before winning a title. Those years, I received quite a lot of support and love, and I was very grateful for that. I have wonderful memories.
“I still get support, even today. I think the majority of the people come to enjoy tennis or support one or the other player. But they are individuals. You know, they are people, they’re groups or whatever, that love to boo every single thing you do. That’s something that I find disrespectful and I frankly don’t understand that. But it’s their right. They paid the ticket. They can do whatever they want.
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“At times, I will stay quiet. Not at times. Actually 99% of the time I will stay quiet. Sometimes I will oppose that, because I feel when somebody is disrespectful, he or she deserves to have an answer to that. That’s what it is all about.”
Djokovic will learn who he will face in the final later on Friday evening, with Casper Rudd taking on Alexander Zverev knowing that a spot to face one of the most decorated tennis players of all time is on the line – in what will be Djokovic’s seventh French Open final in his career.
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