Guy Forget on Novak Djokovic: Now there’s more sympathy towards him

Paris Masters tournament director Guy Forget thinks now there’s more sympathy towards Novak Djokovic than before. 

The crowd is usually against Djokovic at the Grand Slams but they stood behind him during the US Open final against Daniil Medvedev. 

Djokovic suffered a straight-set defeat to Medvedev in the US Open final and failed to make tennis history but he was touched by the support he received from the crowd. 

“The public realized that even though Novak tends to be rigorous and always in control, there seems to be a huge wall that cannot be broken down. We saw him moved, affected, by this loss. The public showed that they admired this resilience, this pugnacity. This is actually why we are watching sports and follow this, it’s for the emotions that are conveyed by the tennis players,” Forget said, per Tennis Up To Date. 

Forget hopes fans stand behind Djokovic 

“Jimmy Connors, for instance, he wasn’t very much liked by the public, but towards the end of his career, he was loved by everyone. Maybe we have here a tipping point. There’s more sympathy towards him. But he’s not at the end of his career, unlike Jimmy Connors, at the end of his career he was with fewer victories. It’s incredible what Novak is doing right now,” Forget said. 

Djokovic returned to action this week at the Paris Masters.

“We’re delighted to have him among us for this tournament,” Forget added. 

Djokovic, seeded at No. 1, beat Marton Fucsovics following a first round bye in Paris. 

Djokovic didn’t play his round-of-16 since Gael Monfils gave him a walkover. 

“I’m going to have an x-ray, so we’ll see how my body will react. When I’m 100% fit, I have not defeated ever Djokovic so far, so now that I’m not 100% fit, my chances are very low. I will see what decision I will make. We’ll see,” Monfils said after beating Adrian Mannarino in the second round. 

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