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Becker calls on Fed fans to show Djokovic respect

15th July 2019, 18:12 by Simon Barlow

Boris Becker says tennis must "wake up to the greatness" of Novak Djokovic after the Serb took his 16th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon.

The world number one overcame 37-year-old crowd favourite Roger Federer in a dramatic final on Centre Court that created history as the tournament's first to be settled by a fifth-set tie-break.

Djokovic's 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 13-12 (7-3) win was his fifth title at the All England Club, but he has a long way to go to reach Federer's level of adulation judging by the crowd's reaction on Sunday.

Becker, himself a six-time slam winner and former coach of Djokovic, believes the 32-year-old deserves more respect.

"It triggered him to fight in the fifth set," Becker told the BBC. "He got a bit riled and gave some stares to people in the crowd but that's how he works, that's how he ticks.

"Federer is the greatest of all-time here and has the right to get that love, but on the other side you have to respect a four-time champion a little bit more.

"I hope next year, if they played again, it would be more even. He came into the party that was the Roger and Rafa party and he became the party pooper.

"Now, after 16 majors, people have got to wake up to the greatness of Novak Djokovic."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Simon Barlow has a wealth of journalism experience and in-depth knowledge in a number of sports. As well as his extensive football knowledge, Simon is also well versed on cricket, tennis, American Football and cycling amongst others.

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