Former top ten ace Alicia Molik says she hopes Novak Djokovic wins the Australian Open because the fans in Melbourne have been unfair on him.
Djokovic is often backed strongly at the Australian Open, where he has won more titles than any other man in history.
This year, though, he has had to endure tough receptions when there have been crowds allowed into Melbourne Park.
In his third round match against Taylor Fritz, fans heckled the world number one despite him being injured.
And while Molik says she does not believe it has hampered Djokovic, it has made her root for him.
“I want Novak Djokovic to win the tournament because I think he’s at times hard done by – by the fans, by the crowd, so that might work in his favour too,” Molik, who won an Olympic gold medal for Australia in 2004, told Wide World of Sports’ The Morning Serve.
“There’s been many occasions where he’s stepped out on Rod Laver Arena and the fans have been in the favour of the other player, no matter who it’s been.
“I don’t think he feels the pressure because he’s won that much that if he loses one, no big deal, right? But at the same time, he almost doesn’t know how to lose at Melbourne Park.”
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