In a video posted on his Instagram account, Patrick Mouratoglou talked about Novak Djokovic and his popularity, often discussed due to some of his attitudes on and off the court that are not always well seen by the media.
Serena Williams' former coach and well-known commentator said that fans of the Serbian hate injustices and explained that people admire him because he is now in a position to become the GOAT the times, having faced stiff competition from the likes of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal throughout his career.
Mouratoglou said: "Novak Djokovic's fans hate injustice. They likes him because he is criticized and unloved. A lot of people are hard on him and it's very unfair. People also look up to him because he had to face the two GOATs and is able to break their records to become the greatest himself.
His fans hate injustices and appreciate his ability to overcome them."
Patrick Mouratoglou: "They like Novak Djokovic because he is not loved"
Meanwhile, the number one in the world beat the young French talent Luca van Assche on his debut in Banja Luka, in three sets, after an initial set disadvantage.
The 22-time Grand Slam champion will seek redemption in his home tournament after a less than exciting week in Monte-Carlo, which saw him leave the scene prematurely at the hands of Lorenzo Musetti. Djokovic last month saw his 15-game winning start to the season ended by eventual winner Daniil Medvedev in the semi-final in Dubai.
The Balkan champion had started the season in an exciting way, triumphing in Adelaide and for the tenth time at the Australian Open. His primary objective will undoubtedly be to approach Roland Garros, trying to arrive in the best psychophysical conditions.
To do this, Nole will have to acquire good form in the next important matches, which will precede the Parisian Grand Slam, on all the Masters 1000 in Madrid and Rome.