Novak Djokovic on booing at US Open: ‘I’m not being offended or mistreated’

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Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic has played down the booing from spectators inside Arthur Ashe Stadium after he retired from his US Open clash against Stan Wawrinka.

World No 1 Djokovic’s US Open title defence came to an abrupt halt in the fourth round as he retired due to a shoulder injury in the third set.

Wawrinka was leading 6-4, 7-5, 2-1 when the 16-time Grand Slam champion threw in the towel, but it did not go down well with the crowd.

Asked after the match about the booing, Djokovic said: “I’m not being offended or mistreated by anybody. I don’t really pay too much attention on that.

“I like to respect others. I hope that others can respect me and my decision. I’m sorry for the crowd. Obviously they came to see a full match, and just wasn’t to be. That’s all it is.

“I mean, a lot of people didn’t know what’s happening, so you cannot blame them. It is what it is.”

Three-time Grand Slam winner Wawrinka, who will face Daniil Medvedev for a place in the semi-final, was unimpressed.

“Always surprised when you play the No. 1 and you hear the fans booing him when he had to retire, that’s for sure. Again, he’s a good friend. I know him really well,” he said.

“He’s an amazing champion, and if he has to retire, it’s not the best for a tennis player to have to leave the court like that.”

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