'Double standards': Novak Djokovic divides fans after 'disgraceful' scenes

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Novak Djokovic (pictured left) reacting to the crowd at Wimbledon and (pictured right) gesturing after his victory.
Novak Djokovic (pictured left) reacts to the crowd after some 'hostile' support at Wimbledon in his Third Round victory. (Getty Images)

Novak Djokovic and the British crowd have never been the greatest of pairings at Wimbledon, but the level of 'hostility' from the crowd in the World No.1's most recent match prompted unsavoury scenes.

Djokovic was at his superb best after dismantling American qualifier Denis Kudla 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (9-7) win on Friday to extend his winning streak in grand slams to 17 matches.

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But, despite the straight sets win, the match wasn't without its animosity and drama.

Djokovic hasn't always shared the warmest relationship with the British public compared to the likes of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

However, the crowd perturbed many viewers watching around the world after they became very vocal about their support for the underdog Kudla.

While Djokovic is accustomed to this from time to time throughout his career, the World No.1 certainly let his feelings made towards members of the crowd.

At one point in the match, Djokovic faced a section of the crowd.

Djokovic let out a huge roar after winning the point before fist pumping numerous times in the direction of a raucous section.

The moment divided fans around the world.

Many fans felt the crowd was being overly 'hostile' towards arguably the greatest tennis player of all time.

This prompted fans to slam the crowd's lack of respect for the champion as 'disgraceful'.

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While plenty felt Djokovic's 'puzzling' reaction towards the crowd is the embodiment of why he finds himself at odds with many supporters around the globe.

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Regardless of the crowd support, Djokovic sent down another marker to his rivals as he looks to equal Federer and Nadal's record of 20 Grand Slam titles.

Novak Djokovic advances at Wimbledon

Djokovic also took another step towards a sixth Wimbledon crown, the third leg of the calendar-year grand slam, and a record-equalling 20th major title.

He can even still emulate Steffi Graf in 1988 when she won all four grand slams and gold at the Olympics - a feat yet to be repeated.

The 34-year-old had described his second-round victory over Kevin Anderson as "flawless", but he did not remotely hit those heights against the American qualifier.

Djokovic spent much of the third round encounter cruising on auto-pilot but there were moments when the going got tough for the Serb against the 114th-ranked Kudla.

Novak Djokovic (pictured) speaks to the fans after his match against Denis Kudla at Wimbledon.
Novak Djokovic (pictued) during his post-match interview at Wimbledon. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

His unforced error count was up significantly on the six he registered against Anderson - this time he made 28.

Djokovic, however, knows how to turn up the volume, literally at times, and accompanied by a few chest-thumping shouts, he dug deep to subdue the fiery Kudla.

"I have to give credit to Denis for playing very well, the third set was very close. He's a great guy and I wish him all the best," Djokovic said on court.

"He was unlucky in the tiebreak and somehow I managed to find a way to win.

"You have to give your maximum at what for me is the biggest tournament."

Djokovic's Third Round victory also meant he became the first person in men's tennis history to win at least 75 matches in all four Grand Slams.

with AAP

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