Djokovic: It's not me versus the world


Novak Djokovic does not feel it is "me against the world" following suggestions from Gilles Simon that the locker room would root for him in their Australian Open fourth-round match.

World number one Djokovic was pushed to the limit by Simon on Sunday, the Serbian recording 100 unforced errors in a thrilling 6-3 6-7 (1-7) 6-4 4-6 6-3 victory in Melbourne.

Before the contest Simon was quoted as telling L'Equipe: "The players are getting tired, it's boring. It's a bit humiliating for everyone.

"It's not that Novak became arrogant, but on Sunday there will be many people [supporting] me in the lock room. Almost everybody."

Simon made a similar claim after his agonising loss to Djokovic when he told a news conference: "I know a lot of players wanted me to win this match. A lot of players will feel better with Novak out of the draw.

"That's normal because he's the best player in the world."

Djokovic is the dominant force in men's tennis having won three of the four grand slams last year.

But the 28-year-old insists he does not feel like the locker room is against him.

"Yeah, I read that [Simon's comments], but he didn't specify which locker room. I don't know which locker room he's talking about. In the women's locker room I'm pretty popular, I know that!" Djokovic said when questioned on Simon's claims.

"I wouldn't even think of it as me against the world. I don't think it's the right term at all. I don't feel that way, honestly.

"I'm enjoying the places [I play]. Some places I have more support, some places less. It's normal. People have the freedom and right to choose who they're going to support.

"What's important in your hands is to kind of stay committed, be responsible towards yourself [and] towards the sport if you're a top player.

"Certain things that the success I had on the tour have appeared for me as an obstacle, as a challenge, as a life lesson. I'm evolving, learning as I go along. I'm trying to be my best."