Novak Djokovic ‘hear[s] boos behind me’ after US Open win

• Serb reached semi-finals on Saturday after beating David Goffin • Djokovic was asked if he heard a fan shout a controversial comment

The Novak Djokovic, who overcame the highest seed to reach the US Open semi-finals at Flushing Meadows on Saturday, said he overheard fans in the stands behind him making “boos” in the crowd.

After defeating David Goffin 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 on the hard court, Djokovic was asked what he had heard as he worked his way into the match.

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“I heard something but it was just the sound of the people moving around, the crowd that’s behind me,” Djokovic said. “So I just heard the boos behind me.”

The issue was because Djokovic appeared to win the tie-break and soon after two players changed their shirts, prompting fans to complain to the chair umpire, James Keothavong.

Many of the spectators who sat behind Djokovic in the stands, however, appeared to be chanting his name, along with the “Novak” chant that has become popular in the US Open crowd, during the second set.

“I heard people chanting [Djokovic’s nickname] ‘Puttler’ behind me,” the Serb added. “[It was] for me. That’s the kind of crowd that we have.”

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