Jeremy Chardy believes there is a divide when it comes to fans of the big three with Novak Djokovic supporters on one side, and Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer fans on the other.
Chardy, was talking to French publication We Love Tennis when he made the claims, saying that although fans can like Nadal and Federer at the same time, it is ‘simply impossible’ to also like the world number one.
The Frenchman, at 34-years-old, has had a tennis career spanning 15 years and has played each of the big three numerous times so has witnessed the kind of adulation that each receive.
From his 22 matches in total against the big three, he has only managed to win just one of those – against Roger Federer at the 2014 Rome Masters. As well as losing his other four matches against Federer, Chardy has lost three matches to Nadal, and all 14 matches against Djokovic.
Now Chardy has spoken out, saying that there is a definite split when it comes to supporters of the big three, with fans of Djokovic singled out.
“I tend to say that one can ‘like’ Rafa and Roger almost at the same time,” said Chardy.
“[But] It is more difficult to like Federer or Nadal if one is a fan of Djokovic.”
The French tennis player used the rivalry between football teams Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique de Marseille to compare the animosity between both sets of fans.
“It is so and there is nothing we can do about it,” the Frenchman added. “It’s like being a supporter of PSG and OM, it’s simply impossible.”
“Novak Djokovic is a huge champion, it is indisputable,” Chardy said. “It is especially some of his attitudes on the court that are singled out and that I can understand.”
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