Roger Federer win over Novak Djokovic marred by ‘disrespectful’ ATP Finals crowd

Greg Rusedski and Annabel Croft were furious with the partisan ATP Finals crowd during Roger Federer’s win over Novak Djokovic.

It proved a winner-takes-all match with the loser being knocked out of the season-ending tournament, and the arena was packed to see two of the greatest tennis players face off for the 49th time in their careers.

Djokovic was seen as the favourite heading into the contest, having won their previous four meetings including the epic 2019 Wimbledon final.

But Federer remains the more popular among tennis fans when the two face off against each other, and that showed throughout their contest at the 02.

At some points in the match, errors from Djokovic were even met with applause from the crowd.

And former British No 1 Greg Rusedski was less than impressed with what he was hearing.

“I think it’s disrespectful when you’re clapping double faults,” Rusedski said on Amazon.

“That’s too much.

“I don’t mind fans supporting one guy over the other – that’s your choice – but there’s a certain etiquette you have to have out there.

“That really got into Djokovic’s head because he double faulted, some of the crowd applauded and he double faulted again.

“Then he got broken and from that point on he was always behind in the match.

“He never recovered. He gets too hard a time sometimes.’

And Annabel Croft echoed her colleague’s sentiment, adding: “I felt sad for Novak tonight.

“Here is a great, great champion. Someone who has achieved so much in the game.

“What does he have to do to get a crowd on his side? He was playing some beautiful tennis and it was just met by polite applause.

“Some of his double faults were being clapped and cheered.

“It looked to me like he became very subdued and went into his shell after that.

“He couldn’t fire himself up. I did feel a tinge of sadness for him because he looked a little lost out here and it can’t be easy when you’re taking on 20,000 people.”

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