John McEnroe stated Novak Djokovic is thought of the notorious Star Wars villain by some individuals
Former tennis ‘tremendous brat' John McEnroe says the game wants robust personalities because the American idol has claimed some followers view Serbian star Novak Djokovic as infamous Star Wars villain Darth Vader .
McEnroe, who was well-known for his outbursts on the court docket throughout a controversial profession wherein he gained seven Grand Slams, made the remarks in assist of present tennis unhealthy boy Nick Kyrgios' feedback on the significance of getting quite a lot of characters in sports activities.
“I talked about the need for personalities in tennis. You must have a deep interest in someone,” McEnroe instructed Eurosport.
“Whether you think he is the unhealthy man, some individuals think Djokovic is Darth Vader. Everyone loves Roger Federer.
“It's not like in team sports where you can root for your city or your country, so this idea of expressing yourself and showing your personality is very important”, added the 62-year-old.
Perhaps coincidentally, Djokovic donned a Darth Vader masks earlier than a match towards American Sam Querrey in Paris in 2012.
The Serbian star has 20 Grand Slam titles – a joint male document alongside Swiss nice Federer and Spanish legend Rafael Nadal.
But it is broadly acknowledged that the Serb would not take pleasure in the identical sort of adulation all over the world as Nadal and Federer – and opinions have as soon as once more been divided by Djokovic's expulsion saga in Australia.
“It could be fairly troublesome alternatively to not focus the final 10-15 years on these three guys [Djokovic, Nadal and Federer] », admitted McEnroe.
“What they've accomplished is wonderful, out of this world. Win 20 main tournaments every. I believed I had seven, that is fairly good. Well, it would not look so good now.
“It's an unimaginable factor. We take a look at these legends taking part in on the identical time and doing completely wonderful issues, however on the identical time I think tennis has to search for different guys as a result of the long run is now.
McEnroe cited Russia's Daniil Medvedev among the many large names who might dominate the game with their accomplishments and character.
In Djokovic's absence, the Russian second seed has been put in as a favourite for this 12 months's title in Melbourne, the place he is aiming for an additional Grand Slam crown so as to add to the one he gained on the US Open. in September.
After reserving a spot within the semi-finals with an epic five-set victory over Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime on Wednesday, Medvedev, 25, pointed to Djokovic and his indomitable spirit as inspiration for his fightback.
“Medvedev, I like the way he is on the pitch, he's a different personality. He is like a chess master. So there are ways to work on that and we absolutely have to do that,” stated McEnroe of the Russian, who will face Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas within the final 4 in Melbourne on Friday.
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