Novak Djokovic unhappy with booing fans in Dubai but apologetic for injury, withdrawal

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Novak Djokovic injured (Photo courtesy: Twitter/@DDFTennis)

Novak Djokovic was booed by fans in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Dubai Tennis Championships where the Serbian was playing against Feliciano Lopez of Spain. The cause of the fans’ disappointment was Djokovic’s decision to withdraw from the match due to an injury.

Djokovic reportedly told Lopez, who is currently ranked World No. 24, about an eye injury during the game before Djokovic left the court and quit the match.

Lopez was leading the match one set to one after winning the first set, 6-3.

Watch and hear the clip where Djokovic was jeered and booed by some fans in Dubai. However, other fans also cheered on the Serbian, who appeared unhappy with the booing fans, and understood why Djokovic had to pull out of the match.

(Video courtesy: YouTube/ATPWorldTour)

With Djokovic’s withdrawal, Lopez is through to the Dubai semifinals and will face Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus in the next round. The other semifinal match will feature Nick Kyrgios of Australia and Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland.

Lopez admitted that it’s not how he wanted the get the victory and said it’s a “weird feeling” winning against Djokovic duo to an injury.

(Video courtesy: YouTube/ATPWorldTour)

“It’s very sad when you’re playing versus one of the best players in history and he has to retire because of medical problems,” Lopez also said in the post-match press conference.

Djokovic is a four-time champion in Dubai and had reached 17 straight finals in his last 17 tournaments before the semifinals defeat.

Djokovic was sorry about the injury and withdrawal post-match.

“It wasn’t to be, I’m really sad to finish the tournament this way. I apologize to all the people who came in to watch,” Djokovic said via the official Twitter account of the tournament. “I’m really sad to end the tournament this way. I was forced to.”

Photo courtesy: Twitter/@DDFTennis

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