Wimbledon | Djokovic bounces Edmund out
NOVAK Djokovic ended British hopes in the singles at Wimbledon when he defeated Kyle Edmund 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-4.
It was in a Davis Cup-style atmosphere mostly developed through an England World Cup quarter-final win completed just before the start and then turned on the umpire and the Centre Court crowd.
I just reacted the way I thought it was fair, the way they reacted to me. Novak Djokovic
Three-time champ Djokovic was booed after being given a time violation, was upset by what he claimed was a double bounce on Edmund’s side and seething at certain spectators for employing distraction tactics.
The 12th seed, who reacted to the crowd, said: “It was a Davis Cup-like atmosphere. I expected them to support Kyle, obviously. But at times they were slightly unfair.
“I got time violation deservedly because I took more time. I thought the crowd’s reaction after that was quite unnecessary.
“A couple guys really, you know, pretending they were coughing and whistling while I was bouncing the ball more or less to the end of the match at that end where I received the time violation. That’s what I didn’t like.
“Obviously there is a lot of accumulation of emotions, especially in the decisive moments of the set and matches. Sometimes you express yourself in a positive or negative way.
“Of course, I don’t like when I throw a racket or scream or whatever, but I have to accept that I’m a human being like anybody else, that I can feel the pressure as everybody else.
“My interaction with the crowd, I thought had good things and not that great things. I just reacted the way I thought it was fair, the way they reacted to me.”
The double bounce?
He said: “The only thing I wanted to know from him is, how does he think it’s possible that Kyle hits the shot that he hit so clean and so flat and fast if he hit it with the frame.
“If you hit it with the frame, it’s supposed to kind of slow down the trajectory of the ball. I was 100% convinced it was twice. I heard from people that it was. Anybody can make a mistake. That’s okay. But I don’t understand why he didn’t allow me to challenge the ball. I asked him.”
Trolls on social media accused Edmund of “cheating” over the double bounce, but Djokovic refuted such accusation.
Edmund said: “He’d obviously have his opinion on it. For me, I just soaked it up and tried to enjoy it as much as possible.”
On the double bounce, he added: “You need television to see it. If in real life it’s hard to tell, then it’s hard to tell for me when I’m scrambling. Generally, if you need television to look at stuff when you’re in the moment trying to make that split decision… I don’t really know what to say. I try my best to get there. We need the umpire to get off his chair and go to the TV monitor on the side.”
Edmund began well but Djokovic clawed his way back to seal his fourth-round spot.
The Brit was happy with his progress.
He said: “Well, overall in terms of level, it’s been a lot better for me. My game’s really improved this year. If you think back to 12 months ago, where it was, where it is now, there’s been really good improvements, which I’m pleased about. So, yeah, movement on it has been a lot better, understanding it.
“It’s been that constant learning process. I think overall it’s been the case with me on the grass every year I’m getting slightly better. Yeah, the losses that I’ve had, it’s always good to learn from in each of the tournaments. I guess the good thing is it’s better and there’s room to improve, for sure. Yeah, I mean, I think today I put a decent level out on court.”