Djokovic Asserts ‘Respect’ from Rowdy GB Fans in Davis Cup Showdown

Novak Djokovic’s statement to rambunctious British fans to “shut up” comes after leading Serbia to a 2-0 victory in the Davis Cup quarter-finals in Malaga.The world No.1 showed his annoyance with a section of the 5,000-strong British support by cupping his ear and blowing ironic kisses at the end of the first set of his 6-4 6-4 victory over Cameron Norrie.When the same group of fans began drumming during Djokovic’s on-court interview, the Serbian responded by telling them to “Learn how to respect players, learn how to behave yourself,” before adding, “no, you shut up, you be quiet”. Drama. ???????? It was a sour end to what was a disappointing evening for Britain, with the writing on the wall once Jack Draper fell 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (8-6) to Miomir Kecmanovic in a opening rubber that was virtually a must-win.On his spat with the supporters, Djokovic said: “In the Davis Cup, it’s normal that sometimes fans step over the line but, in the heat of the moment, you react too, and you show that you don’t allow this kind of behaviour.Novak Djokovic of Team Serbia reacts during the Quarter Final match between Serbia and Great Britain at Palacio de Deportes Jose Maria Martin Carpena on November 23, 2023 in Malaga, Spain. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images for ITF)“They can do whatever they want, but I’m going to respond to that. I was trying to talk and they were purposely starting to play the drums so that I don’t talk and they were trying to annoy me the entire match. So we had a little bit of a chat in the end.” ???? It means a lot to me,” Sinner said. “But more importantly we’re through to the semi-finals. It’s the first time I can experience this.”Botic van de Zandschulp had earlier beaten Matteo Arnaldi 6-7 (8-6) 6-3 7-6 (9-7), before Sinner downed Griekspoor 7-6 (7-3) 6-1 to level the tie.Dutch captain Paul Haarhuis, who was a part of the team that lost to eventual champions France 22 years ago, made a late swap with Griekspoor replacing Jean-Julien Rojer for the doubles tie while Filippo Volandri brought Sinner in for Simone Bolelli.The changes worked well for both teams in a high-octane clash but Sinner and Sonego won the crucial points in front of a boisterous crowd to send Italy through. © AAP // This is called with the results from from FB.getLoginStatus().