Novak Djokovic is never as strong as alone against everyone. And the Parisian public has obviously not yet understood this. This Thursday, in the round of 16 of the Rolex Paris Masters, the Serbian had all the trouble in the world to get rid of Tallon Griekspoor. After conceding the first set, the world number one won 6-4 at the end of a contested third set, until the last two games. Ahead at 4-3, “Djoko” lost his serve with a double fault. A setback that he did not appreciate, ironically applauding the noisy spectators at the Accor Arena in Bercy.
Like Daniil Medvedev on Wednesday, the record holder for Grand Slam victories (24 titles) suffered numerous whistles from the stands before asking for more, he who loves it when the public turns against him. Following this incident, he immediately broke his Dutch opponent white before quietly sealing his victory.
“When I asked the crowd to whistle at me a little more, I won eight points in a row. But I didn't do anything to provoke the public, that's how it is, Djokovic explained at a press conference. (are the Parisian public special?) That’s a good word, they’re special, very special. He is very special.” He will return to this audience on Friday, during his quarter-final.