Daniela Hantuchova believes Novak Djokovic is very misunderstood, with his on-court emotion simply showing his love for tennis.
Djokovic is just about the most successful male tennis player in history at this point, yet he still receives regular criticism for some of his emotional outbursts on-court.
According to Hantuchova, though, those outbursts come from a very good place.
“This is his personality, he’s not Rafa, he’s not Roger,” Hantuchova said.
“It shows how much he cares and how competitive he is. I think it’s good that all three are so different in so many ways and it allows us to enjoy what they have done over the last 20 years for our game.”
Djokovic is heading into the US Open on the back of a disappointment at the Olympics in Tokyo.
He had the chance to set up a potential golden slam had he won the gold, but he was stopped by Alexander Zverev in the semi-finals.
Hantuchova, though, believes that could actually work in his favour in the US.
“I feel losing in Tokyo could be good for him because he is always good at reacting to a setback and everything is lined up for him to do it,” Hantuchova said.
“But we have seen with Serena Williams that the pressure can be difficult when you are so close to something so special.
“He will face pressure trying to do something so special, but this is when he feels the most comfortable for me, when he has pressure.”
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