Djokovic slams crowd for boos while play­ing Brit

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Sports - BY MATTIAS KAREN As­so­ci­ated Press

No­vak Djokovic shrugged off a bad call by the chair um­pire that cost him a break in his Wim­ble­don win over home fa­vorite Kyle Edmund on Satur­day.

He was less for­giv­ing when it came to the way he was treated by the crowd at the All Eng­land Club.

“There is a cer­tain un­writ­ten bor­der­line where you feel that it’s a bit too much,” Djokovic said about be­ing booed at times by the par­ti­san crowd on Cen­tre Court. “I didn’t de­serve to be treated the way I was treated by cer­tain in­di­vid­u­als.”

Nei­ther the crowd nor a big mis­take by the um­pire could unglue Djokovic, though, as the three-time cham­pion won 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 to reach the round of 16 for the 11th time at the All Eng­land Club.

He was robbed of a break at 3-3, 15-40 in the fourth set when the ball bounced twice be­fore Edmund man­aged to re­turn it over the net. Djokovic com­plained to the chair um­pire but the call stood – even though TV re­plays also showed Edmund’s shot had ac­tu­ally landed wide.

Edmund ended up hold­ing serve but Djokovic broke at his next op­por­tu­nity to make sure there will be no British play­ers in the sec­ond week of the tour­na­ment.

“I was 100 per­cent con­vinced it (bounced) twice,” Djokovic said.

“Any­body can make a mis­take. That’s OK. But I don’t un­der­stand why he (the um­pire) didn’t al­low me to chal­lenge the ball. I asked him. … So, yes, it was quite a strange de­ci­sion from (the) chair um­pire, but it hap­pens.”

That wasn’t the only point of con­tention in the match. Djokovic got into a bit of a two-sided ar­gu­ment with the crowd af­ter he was booed fol­low­ing a time vi­o­la­tion in the third set. He re­sponded by blow­ing kisses into the stands.

“I thought the crowd’s re­ac­tion af­ter that (time vi­o­la­tion) was quite un­nec­es­sary. A cou­ple (of) guys re­ally, you know, pre­tend­ing they were cough­ing and whistling while I was bounc­ing the ball more or less to the end of the match.”

KIRSTY WIG­GLESWORTH AP

No­vak Djokovic re­turns the ball to Kyle Edmund dur­ing their third-round match Satur­day at Wim­ble­don.

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