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Djokovic Advances at Wimbledon Amidst Crowd Controversy

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Djokovic Reaches Wimbledon Quarterfinals Amidst Crowd Controversy

Novak Djokovic advanced to the Wimbledon quarterfinals with a straight-sets victory over Holger Rune, but the match was overshadowed by controversy surrounding the crowd's behavior.

Djokovic, a 24-time Grand Slam champion, felt that some spectators were disrespecting him by stretching out Rune's last name, making it sound like "Boooooo!" During his on-court interview, he addressed the crowd, thanking those who showed respect and telling those who didn't to have a "gooooood night," stretching out the "Os" to mimic the booing sound.

The interviewer attempted to dissuade Djokovic from thinking he was being taunted, but Djokovic insisted he knew what was happening. He acknowledged that Rune's supporters were cheering for their favorite player, but argued that it was also an excuse to boo him.

Djokovic expressed his belief that the crowd had paid for their tickets and had the right to cheer as they wished. He acknowledged that chair umpires could intervene in certain situations, but ultimately, it was up to the spectators how they chose to behave.

Rune, who started the match poorly, downplayed the crowd's behavior, stating that it probably sounded like booing if one didn't know what was happening. He acknowledged Djokovic's superior performance and felt that the crowd's support was positive for both players.

Following the match, Djokovic, who has won Wimbledon seven times, gestured as if he were playing a violin, possibly mocking those who felt he had saddened them by winning. He asserted that he had played in much more hostile environments and that the crowd's actions wouldn't affect him.

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May 21, 2023 | 05:09