Novak Djokovic has been defended by Daniela Hantuchova after he retired from the US Open.
World No 1 Djokovic complained of a shoulder injury and he quit while two sets down against Stan Wawrinka.
Upon leaving the court, the Serbian was booed off by those in attendance at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
But Hantuchova does not think the 16-time Grand Slam winner deserved the grief.
“I don’t think he deserved that reception he got after the match because of everything he has done for this tournament in the past,” Hantuchova said.
“It was very obvious that he was struggling on that backhand side.
“He was hitting too many dropshots and you only do that when you know you can’t fully go for your swing.
“Stan was playing an incredible match and if Novak had been at his full health he would have still lost.
“It is really frustrating for Novak. Maybe he felt he couldn’t go on and win the tournament.
“For me he didn’t deserve it from the crowd.”
Meanwhile, fellow pundit Greg Rusedski echoed Hantuchova’s comments.
“By far he was the better playing in that opening set. He dominated him and pushed him all over the court,” he said.
“When he was down a break in the second he lifted his game and got back into it.
“Drop shot down set point, that is not Novak Djokovic. He was hurt and he was down, he doesn’t deserve the boos.
“Djokovic will take the loss when somebody is better than him on the day.”