The Serbian sweetheart of 2007 has lost his New York support.
That bad blood between Novak Djokovic and Andy Roddick that we discussed? It bubbled all over center court last night. After Djokovic’s hard-earned four set victory over Andy Roddick last night, he shot back in a post-match on-court interview at Roddick for implying that he was faking his injuries.
"Well obviously, you know, Andy was saying I have 16 injuries after last match, so obviously I don’t, right?," said Djokovic in the interview.
The boos began, but Novak, amazingly, did not stop there.
"Like it or not, it’s like that," he said.
The USA anchor Michael Barkann tried to give him a helping hand. Djokovic didn’t bite.
"Well, I know, they’re already against me because they think I’m faking everything, so it’s alright." he said.
More boos. Another chance from Barkann. Djokovic went deeper.
"That’s not nice, anyhow, to say in front of this crowd that I have 16 injuries and that I’m faking it."
And then it really, really came down on him.
Here’s a lesson: Act gracious and you’re fine. Act like a brat? You’re done. If you’re getting booed by a New York crowd, and you’ve got more matches to play, don’t dig yourself any deeper.
New York sports fans are simple. If you beat the American, play it nice, like the way Federer has for years when he beat the likes of Agassi, Blake and Roddick, and you’ll be just fine. But put some salt in the wound, and act a little whiny, and then you’re screwed.
Richard Johnson, the editor of Page Six for the New York Post who was walking out of the stands in a perfectly fitted seersucker blazer, said he didn’t care for it at all.
"He deserved to get booed," he said.
"He should have said, ‘Andy Roddick played a great thing,’ and that’s it," he continued.