Novak Djokovic thought he heard “boos” during the US Open first round victory – or did he?

Organizers have welcomed full crowds to Flushing Meadows this year – with fans aged 12 and older requiring proof of vaccination – but not everyone seemed to want the world No.1 to win.

Djokovic aims to become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to win the calendar’s grand slam, but said he believed he heard boos from the crowd as he survived fear of winning 6-1 6-7 6-2 6-1.

“I didn’t know what they were chanting honestly. I thought they were hooting,” he told reporters after the game.

“I don’t know, it wasn’t an ideal atmosphere for me to tell you this. But I’ve been in these particular atmospheres before, so I knew how to handle it.

“I mean, obviously you always want to have the crowd behind you, but that’s not always possible.

“That’s all I can say. I mean, I don’t know. I focused on myself and what to do. I guess I just have to see how I feel on the pitch and try to stay the course. That’s all I can do. “

It is not known if the fans were booing the Serbian or chanting “Rune” in support of his Danish opponent.

Rune himself was confused by what he initially thought were boos, but said he was happy when he realized that many were only encouraging the underdog.

“In fact, at one point, they were encouraging me; at another point, they were hooting me. I was like, ‘What’s going on? “”, he told reporters.

“All of a sudden after the game I heard they say ‘Rune’. When I heard that I was happy because I didn’t understand it in the game. I said, it was a crazy crowd, the best I have ever felt in my life. ”

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“I am very excited”

Djokovic has already won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon this year and only needs one more victory in the last slam of the year to complete the epic feat.

The triumph at the US Open would also take the 34-year-old to 21 major titles, overtaking Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal who each have 20 majors to their name.

“I’m very excited and very motivated, as you can imagine,” he told CNN Sport ahead of the tournament. “I am very aware of what is at stake.”

“Making the history of the sport is of the utmost importance to me, especially at this point in my career. And playing and trying to win so many Grand Slam tournaments is the top priority of my tennis season.”

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The Serbian star had attempted to become the first male player to win a “Golden Slam” – consisting of four Grand Slam tournaments and an Olympic gold medal in the same calendar year – but lost in the semi-finals against future gold medalist Alexander Zverev at Tokyo 2020.

He said he was “out of gas” at the Summer Olympics, but was eager to start again after a hiatus.

“Pressure is a privilege. I have grown and developed throughout my career to really handle pressure the right way,” he added. “But nothing is guaranteed.

“I like having adversity. I like having expectations and pressure and, you know, in a way, that gets the best of me. So, yeah, I hope I can make it a few weeks. fantastic. “

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