Novak Djokovic not only had to beat Roger Federer, but also the crowd tonight in the US Open final. The 23,000 plus fans in attendance were virtually all rooting for Federer it seemed, even clapping after faults.
But Djokovic proved his resiliency and mental toughness and came through in the end beating Federer to win his second career US Open title and his 10th Grand Slam.
“There was a lot of support for Roger,” Djokovic said. “There was some for me. For sure, I tried to focus on the ones that were supporting me. But I can’t, you know, sit here and criticize the crowd. On the contrary, you know, I think it’s logical to expect that a great player and a champion like Roger has the majority of the support anywhere I play him. You know, I would say super majority of places around the world are going to give him that support.
“I accept the fact. You know, everybody has a choice to support a player that they want to support, and he absolutely deserves to have the support he does because of all the years and success that he had and the way he carries himself on and off the court. No question about it. Me, I’m there to earn the support, and hopefully in the future I can be in that position.”
With the rain delaying the start of the match, the final became a nighttime event, the latest start in tournament history, adding to the electricity and the emotion and the fact many fans had little else to do during the rain delay but to drink more!
“New York is about night session. You know, music, entertainment, crowd interaction,” Djokovic said. “It’s part of the show. It’s part of what we do, and that’s why this tournament is so special. You come here knowing that this is going to — you know, this is what is waiting for you. And plus, if you’re playing Roger who is a crowd favorite anywhere he goes, especially here, it’s a reality you have to face.”
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