Is there unequal treatment between Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic? Jeremy Chardy tried to answer this question. Accustomed to dominating the entire ATP Tout scene for years, the two great champions Roger and Rafa had to start dealing with the young Nole, born in 1987 and already winner of the 2008 Australian Open, about a decade ago.
Over time, Djokovic has cleverly carved out his own space between those two sacred monsters, reaching the top of the ranking and breaking an almost impossible record like that of the greatest number of weeks spent at the top of the ATP ranking, in addition to having reached only two distances from the 20 Grand Slam titles currently held by Federer and Nadal.
Chardy: “It’s not easy”
Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, former world number 25, in an interview with the website We Love Tennis spoke of the great difficulty for a tennis fan to appreciate Federer, Djokovic and Nadal at the same time, since it would be much easier to cheer at the same time only for the Swiss and the Spaniard.
He said: “I would tend to admit that a person can ‘like’ Rafa and Roger at almost the same time. But it’s harder for a Djokovic fan to appreciate Federer and Nadal.” In fact, over the years, fans of the Belgrade champion have always complained about the different treatment of opposing fans towards Nole, as if the latter was not sufficiently worthy of the same cheering.
Chardy then added: “This is how things are and there is nothing we can do,” continued, who then made a comparison with the world of football between Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique de Marseille: “It’s like being a fan PSG and OM, it is simply impossible.”
Finally, the former transalpine top 30 concluded: “Novak Djokovic is a great champion, he is undeniable. Above all, it is some of his behavior on the pitch that are indicated and I can understand it.” Chardy has won only one career title: the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart back in 2009, victorious in the final over Victor Hanescu in three sets. Today he is on the 51st step of the world rankings.