“I like to transmute it in a way: When the crowd is chanting ‘Roger’ I hear ‘Novak’ (smiling). It sounds silly, but it is like that. I try to convince myself that it’s like that.”
Meanwhile, Williams has enjoyed an excellent run at the US Open after revealing plans to retire following the tournament. “This is what I do best. I love a challenge, I love rising to the challenge,” the 40-year-old said of wins over Danka Kovinic and Anett Kontaveit.
“I haven’t played many matches [after taking a year off] but I have been practising really well. My last few matches it just wasn’t coming together, I am like ‘this isn’t me.’
The last couple matches here in New York it has really come together, maybe I should have travelled with you all for all those years.”