Novak Djokovic moved one step closer to a fourth Wimbledon title with a 3-1 against the highly-rated Kyle Edmund this evening on centre-court.
Although the Serb has rarely captured the hearts and minds of the Wimbledon crowd like Roger Federer or Rafa Nadal, Djokovic was subjected to the unusual sound of sporadic boos when tonight's match came to its conclusion.
A tempestuous affair in which Djokovic was always going to play the pantomime villain against the British Edmund, although the booing was largely overwhelmed by the raucous cheers, many viewers couldn't believe what they were hearing.
Describing the events afterward, Djokovic outlined how certain fans had tried to undermine him throughout:
It was a Davis Cup-like atmosphere. I expected them to support Kyle, obviously. But at times they were slightly unfair to me. That’s how it goes.
A couple of guys were were coughing and whistling while I was bouncing the ball more or less until the end of the match. Those are the things obviously that people don’t get to see or hear on the TV. I just think it’s not necessary. That’s what I didn’t like.
Playing high-intensity matches where one serve or one shot can really swing the momentum one or the other side, obviously there is a lot of accumulation of emotions, especially in the decisive moments of the set and matches.
I don’t like Wimbledon’s crowd but Djokovic going against them won’t help him cause they’ll boo him next game. They are that petty.
— Rivoningo (@wild__hart) July 7, 2018
there's actual boos at djokovic for winning, wtf....awful crowd
— in the swiss alps 🇨🇭🏔 (@quoth_the_raven) July 7, 2018
@bbctennis So earlier on your clowns were alleging that the Wimbledon crowd were a class above those that had booed Djokovic in the US. Then we hear the boos ring out as Djokovic challenges Edmund's double-bounce cheating.
— milton (@mr_milton75) July 7, 2018
You can watch the final moments of the match below and decide for yourself whether this booing was quite as anarchic as reported.
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 7, 2018