The French crowd has been known to be a fickle bunch, but today after Novak Djokovic came up just short again in his quest to win a first French Open, the fans in Chatrier gave the World No. 1 a rousing 3-minute ovation.
And the applause brought Djokovic to tears.
Both players thanked the crowd in French.
“I respect the appreciation they show me, and it was more or less the same situation like last year,” said Djokovic. “It gives me even more motivation to come back and keep on trying. They are truly respectful fans, and I thank them very, very much for these emotions I felt on the court. Obviously it was not easy to stand there as a runner‑up again, but I lost to a better player who played some courageous tennis and deserved to win.”
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