LONDON — Try as they might, a reporters barbecuing Novak Djokovic couldn’t get a three-time Wimbledon champion to impugn John McEnroe for comparing him to Tiger Woods.
McEnroe, himself a three-time champion during a All England Club, pronounced on a BBC that Djokovic was “distracted” and a chairman who comes to mind in identical resources “is not a tennis player, it’s indeed a golfer: Tiger Woods.”
Djokovic was asked about those comments several times during Wimbledon on Thursday after reaching a third round. He kick Adam Pavlasek 6-2, 6-2, 6-1.
“I unequivocally don’t take anything personal. we always got along unequivocally good with John,” Djokovic said. “You know, we speculation either that’s his opinion or critique or something else, I’m not unequivocally sure. But in a finish of a day, we honour all he says.”
Woods won 14 vital golf titles though has not won given divorcing his wife. He pronounced final month he was receiving veteran assistance “to conduct my medications.” That came a few weeks after he was charged with pushing underneath a change after military in Florida found him defunct during a circle of his automobile during about 2 a.m.
McEnroe said: “Woods had a issues with his mother and afterwards he seemed to go totally off a rails and has never been even tighten to being a same player.”
Djokovic won a final of his 12 majors during a 2016 French Open — his fourth Grand Slam pretension in a row. He has one child with his wife, Jelena.
“I unequivocally don’t take it in a disastrous approach anyhow. It’s fine,” Djokovic said. “He has his right to contend a things he wants to say. we don’t indispensably need to determine with that. But it’s his right.
“So we don’t know where was a basis, and he was only maybe creation a comparison. I’m not unequivocally sure.”
Djokovic did predicate a theory, however.
“When we was warming adult for my initial compare on a Centre Court, he was giving an intro, articulate to a camera, and we served and a offer went true during him as we was playing,” Djokovic said. “I don’t know. Maybe it’s since of that. Maybe he suspicion it wasn’t a joke, and we was joking.”
The compare opposite Pavlasek was played on No. 1 Court, a same track where Djokovic mislaid to Sam Querrey in a third turn final year. That was a initial time a second-seeded Serb had mislaid during a vital contest in some-more than a year after his run of winning all 4 vital tournaments in succession.
And a feat on Thursday came opposite one of his biggest fans.
Pavlasek, a 22-year-old Czech ranked 136th, incited pro in 2012 and pronounced he has prolonged attempted to counterpart his diversion after Djokovic, his “hero.”
“First of all, it creates me demeanour old,” a 30-year-old Djokovic said. “But, yeah, it is really unequivocally good to hear that we desirous him, we know, with my tennis and what we have done. Of course, it’s unequivocally flattering. I’m beholden for that.”