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John McEnroe defends 'Darth Vader' Novak Djokovic for criticising Wimbledon spectators

John McEnroe defends 'Darth Vader' Novak Djokovic for criticising Wimbledon spectators

John McEnroe has defended Novak Djokovic after he criticised the Wimbledon crowd.

The Serbian ace was unhappy as he felt he was being taunted by spectators at the All England Club during his victory over Holger Rune earlier this week and McEnroe felt that he was within his rights to hit back as he is treated like "Darth Vader" compared to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

The tennis legend told BBC Sport: "Don't you think there's been at least 100 matches over the course of the last 10-15 years that Djokovic has been disrespected because of how good he is?

"What has he done that's so bad? Name something. What is it, he wants it? He competes as hard as anyone who's ever competed? Is it the look, where he's from?

"He's like the Darth Vader compared to two of the classiest acts we've seen play tennis - Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

"Who can compare to them in terms of what they brought to the table? Nobody - and then this guy Djokovic spoils the party.

"So then how about respecting him after all this?

"He's by far the guy who's taken the worst heat and that's why I would say he's the greatest that's ever played."

Former British number one Tim Henman thinks that antagonising Djokovic is a recipe for disaster as it simply inspires him to play even better.

He said: "If there were people in the crowd trying to antagonise him and wanted Rune to win - that's the worst thing you can do.

"He loves the confrontation. He thrives off that energy. And he plays better.

"He destroyed Rune.

"If you want to try and upset Djokovic's performance you should just sit quietly."

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