Novak Djokovic argues against Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal ‘bad guy’ question

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Novak Djokovic has hit back at claims he is seen as a “bad guy” in his battle to chase records held by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Federer and Nadal struck up one of the best rivalries in sport when the pair began to meet on a regular basis from 2006.

They’re meeting in the 2008 Wimbledon final is regarded as the greatest tennis match ever played with Nadal coming out on top.

Djokovic had just made a name for himself on the tour with his maiden Grand Slam victory a few months earlier at the Australian Open.

By the time Djokovic’s second Grand Slam win came in 2011, Federer had already racked up 16 titles – taking the record previously held by Pete Sampras.

Nadal was also well on his way to superstardom having won nine Grand Slam titles.

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But over the last decade, Djokovic has proven to be the most dominant player in the men’s game, slowly drawing closer to both Nadal and Federer.

Despite Djokovic’s incredible record over the past 10 years, he’s often not been revered the same as either Nadal or Federer.

The 34-year-old has often spoken out on the lack of support he sometimes receives at Grand Slam events.

And Djokovic admitted this week at Wimbledon that he was “looking for some support” from the British crowd.


Speaking after his quarter-final win over Marton Fucsovics, Djokovic was asked how it felt to be seen as the “bad guy” in chasing Nadal and Federer.

Djokovic took acception to that remark though, insisting he is only concentrating on his “own history”.

“I don’t consider myself a bad guy. I mean, that’s your opinion,” he said.

“I’m not chasing anybody. I’m making my own path and my own journey, my own history.

“I’m privileged to be part of history of this sport that I love.

“As I said on the court, I know about a lot of stats. I don’t know about all of them.

“But they do motivate me even more to play my best tennis at the events that count the most in our sport.”

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