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Disrespectful fans cheered Novak Djokovic s mistakes during an ATP Finals match in which he was dumped out the tournament by Roger Federer

Novak Djokovic had his mistakes cheered by disrespectful fans during his defeat to Roger Federer at the ATP Finals in London on Thursday. The Serbian had his three double faults clapped by a portion of the crowd, and also had other errors cheered in the 6-4, 6-3 defeat. I think it s disrespectful when you re clapping double faults, former British number one Greg Rusedski said on Amazon Prime. There s a certain etiquette you have to have out there. Djokovic s defeat means Rafael Nadal will now finish the year as the world s number one tennis player for a fifth time. Visit Business Insider s homepage for more stories. Novak Djokovic had his mistakes cheered by disrespectful fans during his defeat to Roger Federer on the ATP Finals on Thursday. The Serbian was beaten 6-4, 6-3 by a flawless Federer at the O2 Arena in London, subsequently bringing to an end his hopes of winning the tournament for a record-equaling sixth time. A portion of the crowd, which was awash with red flags in support of Federer, was heard cheering Djokovic s errors throughout the match, and clapping loudly after each of his three double faults. Former England number one, Greg Rusedski, slammed the behavior, calling it too much. I think it s disrespectful when you re clapping double faults. That s too much, Rusedski said during the live broadcast on Amazon Prime. I don t mind fans supporting one guy over the other — that s your choice — but there s a certain etiquette you have to have out there. Annabel Croft, a former British number one, echoed Rusedski s comments, saying: I felt sad for Novak tonight. What does he have to do to get a crowd on his side? He was playing some beautiful tennis and it was just met by polite applause. Some of his double faults were being clapped and cheered. I did feel a tinge of sadness for him because he looked a little lost out here and it can t be easy when you re taking on 20,000 people. Federer hands Nadal number one spot after victory The Swiss superstar s marvelous display saw him beat Djokovic for the first time since 2015, stripping the 16-time Grand Slam champion of his world number one spot. Rafael Nadal will now end the year at the head of the ATP rankings for a fifth time, capping a stellar year for the Spaniard. VAMOS‼️ @RafaelNadal will end world number 1️⃣ for the 5️⃣th time.

CONGRATULATIONS‼️ pic.twitter.com/cwM1CGRIiH — Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar (@rnadalacademy) November 14, 2019 The 33-year-old has won four titles this calendar year, including two majors — first the French Open in June, followed by the US Open in September. The chance to end the year on a high by winning the ATP finals for first time ever also still remains alive. He plays Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final of his group games on Friday, where a win, so long as Daniil Medvedev beats Alexander Zverev too, will see him secure his spot in the last four, where he would then face Federer for a place in the final. Read more: One of the best young stars in tennis denied cheating after a camera appeared to catch him breaking the rules by using his phone Rafael Nadal slammed a bull-s--- reporter who asked him if his marriage is making him play badly Roger Federer reduced to tears during a post-match interview after he won a record 10th Swiss Indoors title in Basel A TV presenter awkwardly handed 15-year-old Coco Gauff a bottle of wine after she won her first WTA title, and she didn t know what to do with itJoin the conversation about this story NOW WATCH: 5 things about the NFL that football fans may not know


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