Novak Djokovic enjoyed a highly satisfying victory in the first round of the Citi Open in Washington DC on Tuesday
Media playback is not supported on this device Did Novak Djokovic hear boos?
Novak Djokovic thought he was being “booed” after the US Open final, but was they sound of the crowd at Flushing Meadows?
The 10-time Grand Slam champion won his first event of the year on Tuesday, beating Richard Gasquet in straight sets at the Citi Open in Washington DC.
Although he lost to Roger Federer in the Cincinnati Masters final two weeks ago, the Serb took his perfect record to the US Open with a brilliant victory against Rafael Nadal.
In New York, he said “a big roar” on the crowd during his final match sounded like “booing”.
However, there were no boos of an angry sort, rather applause at one point in the match – and there were a sprinkling of chants of “Novak” at other points.
In the Grand Slam final at the US Open, Nadal led by a set and a break. At one point in the second he was down 15-40 but was saved by an incredible save of a break point with two exquisite dropshots.
Nadal kept the momentum going and eventually went on to beat Djokovic 6-2 3-6 6-3.
“The noise from the crowd in the second set definitely made it a bit more difficult for me to keep my concentration,” Djokovic said.
“It was both easy and very hard for me. But in terms of the actual cheers and people in the stands, the chants – that was no noise at all.”