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Djokovic Slays Rune Then The Hecklers

Seven time Wimbledon king Novak Djokovic dismissed Holger Rune in three straight sets 63 64 62, in his best performance of 2024 Wimbledon despite being disrespected by some crowd boos disguised as fake cheering for “Rooooooooone.” It should be noted that Rune fans have never before vocalized any “Rooooooone” support for him in the past. It was a deceptive scheme to try to boo Djokovic and distract him from performing his best tennis. Whether it was another orchestrated scheme by the tennis deep state, it doesn’t matter because the plan failed, yet again.

After the win Djokovic delivered one of the greatest post-match interviews of all time…

“For all the people that were respectful, a good night. For all the people who tried to disrespect me… a GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD night. I know they are cheering from Rune, but that’s just an excuse for also boo me.”

“I don’t accept it. I’ve been on the Tour for more than twenty years. I know all the tricks. It’s fine, I focus on the people that have respect and paid the tickets to come and watch … I’ve played in much more hostile environments, trust me. You can’t touch me.”

Djokovic’s brilliant, spontaneous statement and inspiring defiance against the tennis establishment was a breath of fresh air compared to all the other scripted post match player post match interviews which are almost yawn-inducing.

At his post match press conference, Djokovic was asked more about the incident than the masterpiece performance he delivered on court vs Rune who he now leads in their head to head series 4-2.

“I don’t know what Wimbledon can really do about it. In those particular moments, when the crowd paid their ticket… They have the right to be there and cheer the way they want to cheer. That’s absolutely, you know… how they choose to behave or support the player is really up to them. Yes.. You could argue that maybe a chair umpire or whoever could step in during certain moments and calm them down. But there’s not much you can do.. you’re not gonna take out the section of the whole stadium out because they’re behaving or showing disrespect. It’s just the way it is. It’s part of the sport. It’s one of the reasons we’re here… it’s why the tournament is so important historically and why we’re globally recognized as tennis players is because of the fans. Because of the interest they put into watching tennis matches, paying tickets.. I respect that. I try to acknowledge that. All the true tennis fans that really respect players.. of course you’re gonna support one player over the other. It’s solely up to them. It’s fully understandable. They have the freedom to choose who they back in the match. If someone steps over the line, I react. That’s basically what it was. After the match I said what I said.”

In the QF, Djokovic will play Austalian Alex de Minaur.

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9 comments

  • Sam · July 10, 2024 at 7:17 pm

    Scoop, do you think today’s walkover will have a positive or negative impact on Djokovic’s chances? Or neither?

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 10, 2024 at 9:39 pm

    Sam, at 37 it’s a positive IMO. He showed top form vs Rune, so he’s ready for anyone now. Some people think a day off hurts his momentum and rhythm but 37 is ancient and he will be ready for battle with the Italian Stallion. What do you think?

  • Sam · July 10, 2024 at 10:16 pm

    Well, Scoop, it’s probably better to have a day off than to play, say, a grueling match, especially now that his body could use the rest to continue to recover from the surgery.

    And each round, his chances are looking better and better. 😎

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 11, 2024 at 8:49 am

    Sam I have to think Djokovic’s knee has recovered fully, no sign of any limp, pain, medical timeouts. Miraculous recovery but no surprise with Djokovic who has a superhuman body and mind. The problem will be the stage has been set up for Djokovic to be heckled and hounded by the hired deep state goons. They are going to go after Djokovic big time vs Musetti.

  • Cory · July 11, 2024 at 10:50 am

    Well said Scoop, great article, love it. I agree with you and Sam (how could you not?) about the rest afforded to him here. He will be tested greatly against a Medvedev or Alcaraz tho. Musetti doesn’t have the mental game (altho frankly he might have the “stuff”). But unlike the mental midget Rune, the big boys will push Joker around in the final, at least physically testing that knee.

    I like Medvedev here to beat Alcaraz.

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 11, 2024 at 1:00 pm

    Thanks Cory. Yes I see and hear Medvedev to beat Carlos, I think he’s “playing freely” and not under any restraints and we will not see him playing Carlos from 10 ft behind the baseline as he has done (inexplicably) in several losing efforts. Musetti is dangerous though, he aspires to be no. 1 and he is improving and learning and at some point could figure out how to beat Novak. I would not bet on it now but the upset is possible, especially with the crowd factor which I believe is going to be manipulated to favor Musetti and bother Novak.

  • Sam · July 12, 2024 at 7:33 pm

    Didn’t see the match, but sounds like Djokovic was certainly decent against Musetti today. So, Scoop, is he still your pick to win on Sunday? 🙂

    By the way, it sounds like good weather for the final—no windy conditions or anything. I’m definitely hoping he gets revenge for last year. 😏

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 12, 2024 at 9:27 pm

    Sam, the dream final is here. This is what everybody wanted, a rematch of one of the greatest Wimbledon finals of the century or ever. I like Djokovic to win but nothing would surprise, these two are both capable of creating tennis magic beyond what anyone can imagine.

  • Sam · July 12, 2024 at 9:37 pm

    Yes, hope it’s a good match! 😺

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