Djokovic: Fans give ‘unconditional love’

by: Matt Cronin March 01, 2013

Novak Djokovic tells The National that it is critical for athletes to respect their fans and always give a good performance.

“They’re the ones who are giving you support, sometimes unconditional love and support,” he said. “It’s incredible. I have been looking at the videos and all the messages and support that I have been getting the last few years. It’s breathtaking what they are making for me. How much dedication and passion they have for what I do. I try to give something in return obviously through my performance on the court and off the court, as well. You know, you try your best because they are the ones who carry you on, who give you wins. You can’t really go out there and just try to play nice for the crowd and let the opponent win because you want to save yourself for next week. People come to watch you play. They pay for tickets.”

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