A Serbian newspaper has ripped into 'English idiots' for creating 'gruesome scenes' on Wimbledon's Centre Court towards Novak Djokovic in his win over Holger Rune.  

Djokovic took aim at the crowd on Monday night following his 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win over Rune, claiming they had been disrespecting him by booing throughout the match.

'To all the fans that have had respect and stayed here tonight, I thank you from the bottom of my heart and I appreciate it,' he said in his on-court interview. 

'And to all those people that have chosen to disrespect the player - in this case me - have a goooooooood night.'

Now, a Serbian tabloid newspaper has hit out at British fans, before claiming that the 'idiots' are fuelling Djokovic for an eighth Wimbledon title. 

'It wouldn't be strange at all if Stefan and Tara [Djokovic's children] burst into tears at the gruesome scenes from 'Center Court' at Wimbledon,' the editorial by newspaper Alo! read.

'Although the whole situation is unbearably awful, there is at least one positive thing about it. Djokovic is again 'hungry' to win trophies, and the English who hate him are giving him food.

'We have no doubt at all that from Monday, the famous Serbian stubbornness will work and that Novak will do his best to shut the mouths of his haters again.

In fact, what our legend needed for months happened - fuel, motivation and the desire to win. 

'So, English, thank you for making Djokovic what he is with your idiotic behaviour.'

There has been a great deal of debate as to what the Centre Court crowd were actually shouting, with many, including Rune, claiming they were shouting 'Runnnnnnne', which sounds similar to boos. 

Djokovic's  BBC interviewer Rishi Persad said on court: 'I am hoping they were just commenting on Rune, and they were not disrespecting you.'

Djokovic - who has a track record of taking on crowds - was having none of that. 

'They were. They were [disrespecting me],' he insisted. 

'I am not accepting it. No no no. I know they were cheering for Rune but that's an excuse to also boo.

'Listen, I have been on the tour for more than 20 years. I know all the tricks. I focus on the respectful people that pay for the ticket, and love tennis and appreciate the players. 

'I played in much more hostile environments, trust me – you guys can't touch me.' 

BBC broadcaster Sara Thornton was on Centre Court and despite others claiming the chants were of 'Runeeeee' and not boos, Thornton begged to differ.

'As I sat on Centre Court I thought there were some absolute jerks in the crowd booing Novak #Djokovic using the disguise of the name Rune… and sadly it became infectious,' she posted on X, formerly Twitter

'But as a tennis fan, I'd say that was far outweighed by those delighting in the skillful play on both sides.'

One fan who was on Centre Court on Monday night described a scene in the fifth set to Mail Sport whereby a Djokovic fan turned around and shouted 'show some respect for the champion' to the whole stand.

Another tennis fan posted: 'Actually thought @Wimbledon crowds had a bit more class than that. @DjokerNole is the greatest player who ever lived (and this coming from a #Federer devotee) - he deserves all the respect in the world. Hope that crowd know how privileged they are to have seen him play. #Djokovic.'

One of Djokovic's most devoted fans online wrote: 'Djokovic post match interview statement wasn't just about tonight, it was about decades of mistreatment, it was about the awful way they treated him in 2022, about the lack of duty of care for him in Rome, disrespect in making him play at 3am in Paris, not sweeping the court, questioning his surgery, questioning his injury, constantly pushing false narratives about him, constantly being disrespected and treated unfairly.

'At some point you have to let it all it out and let them know he knows all their tricks but all that does is motivate him and make him even stronger.. you can't hurt me he said. Djokovic is a true warrior.'

The outburst divided tennis fans with a split emerging on whether they were in fact simply cheering for Rune - something his Danish opponent believes. 

His practice partner at Wimbledon this week, Nick Kyrgios - who is also known for his on-court meltdowns, also felt Djokovic was not being booed.

The Aussie told BBC Sport afterwards: 'It wasn't [booing] but I think crowds all around the world need to understand that Novak doesn't need more of a motive to play better. 

'He's driven, one of the best players in the world and I've seen it time and time again, the crowd try to poke the bear and that's not what you want to do against Novak.

'He loves it. I try not to poke the bear when I play him…and I really struggle with that. Obviously it cost me my Wimbledon final.

'He doesn't need more of a motive to go out there and prove to someone he is the greatest of all time.'

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