Djokovic blasts 'whistling, coughing' Wimbledon crowd
London: Novak Djokovic blasted Wimbledon's Centre Court crowd, claiming fans "whistled and coughed" as he prepared to serve, insisting he deserves better treatment.
The three-time champion described the sometimes febrile atmosphere on the famed arena on Saturday as similar to that of a Davis Cup tie as he downed home favourite Kyle Edmund 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4.
Djokovic was furious with the reaction of a section of the crowd after he had been given a time violation for bouncing the ball too often.
"I thought the crowd's reaction was quite unnecessary. A couple of guys pretending they were coughing and whistling while I was bouncing the ball more or less to the end of the match at that end where I received the time violation," said former world number one Djokovic.
"Those are the things obviously that people don't get to see or hear on the TV. I just think it's not necessary. That's what I didn't like."