French Open 2018: Novak Djokovic plays down problems when ‘people starving to death’


Novak Djokovic claims his struggles on the tennis court are insignificant compared to real life problems such as poverty, so he just accepts them.

Djokovic progressed to the French Open third round with a 7-6 (7-1) 6-4 6-4 win over Spanish qualifier Jaume Munar.

«To sit here and talk about how tough it is and you have people starving to death, for me there is no point talking about that [his issues],» he said.

«It’s just the way it is. As an athlete I have to face these challenges.»

The former world number one, 31, was tested by 21-year-old Munar despite winning in straight sets and added: «I’m not playing at the level I wish to but I’m trying not to give up.»

Djokovic, seeded 20th, squandered a 5-2 lead in the first set but came through a tie-break.

And although Munar did not give the Serb any respite in the next two sets, Djokovic’s experience eventually told.

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