Can anyone remember a more unpopular champion than Novak? I’m listening on the radio and I can tell how each points gone by the crowds reaction before the commentator tells me.
Broadcasters must be bracing themselves for some pretty grim viewing figures now that crowd pullers like Federer, Nadal and Murray are on the way out. Djokovic's Aussie Open win was the lowest watched in the event's history (extraordinary really when you consider he was going for a ninth title) and I'm sure many others were like myself yesterday in not bothering to watch.
His smothering tactics are all about forcing his opponents into a mistake. Effective but ugly and a total turn-off. As you say probably the least loved champion ever.