"Why would Novak Djokovic watch him when he’s beating him" - Fans react to Fritz being more excited about Federer watching him than Djokovic or Nadal

Taylor Fritz on Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
Taylor Fritz on Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

When asked whether he'd be more excited to have Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic in the audience while he was playing, Taylor Fritz chose Federer out of the Big 3. Several tennis fans have now taken a swipe at Fritz for his comments, showing their support for Djokovic.

Fritz was a part of Team World as they beat Team Europe 13-2 to lift the 2023 Laver Cup trophy for a second successive year. During a press conference on Day 2 of the Laver Cup in Canada, Fritz was asked whether he would find it more intimidating or inspiring to be watched by Federer, Nadal or Djokovic.

The American responded that he was most excited at the prospect of being watched by 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer.

"Watching? Intimidating, I'm not quite sure. I think I know, for me, when it's Roger [Federer] watching, that's probably, like, what I'd be the most excited about, I guess, of the three of them. Probably would be the most excited about Roger watching, because I just, you know, always looked up to Roger so much," said Fritz.

In response, one fan pointed out that it was Djokovic who beat Fritz in the quarterfinals of the 2023 US Open.

"Why would Djokovic watch him when he’s on court beating him," the fan tweeted.

Another reiterated that the 24-time Grand Slam winner would instead be on the other side of the net against Fritz.

"Novak [Djokovic] would probably be on the other side of the net," they wrote.

One fan opined that now people are bringing out just about any measure to compare the Big 3.

"Just inventing new things to compare the Big 3 at this point," the fan tweeted.

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"I would love to see Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic on the same team" - Roger Federer on Team Europe's lineup for Laver Cup 2024

Novak Djokovic after winning the 2023 US Open.
Novak Djokovic after winning the 2023 US Open.

Roger Federer was in attendance at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada for Team World's comprehensive 13-2 win over Team Europe at the 2023 Laver Cup.

Following Team Europe's loss, Federer, who has represented the team four times in his career, revealed his ideal lineup for next year's edition. The former World No. 1 conveyed his desire for Novak Djokovic to make a return to the event and team up with Carlos Alcaraz next year.

"I would like to see Novak again to be honest. I would love to see actually [Carlos] Alcaraz and Novak on the same team. Love to see that happen," Federer told Eurosport.

Djokovic most recently competed at the 2023 US Open, where he beat World No. 3 Daniil Medvedev in straight sets in the final.

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