With the Australian Open just around the corner, both Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer will have the opportunity to do what no tennis player has done before: break the $100 million barrier in on-court earnings.
According to NDTV Sports, Djokovic enters the season with just over $94 million to his name, while Federer has claimed $97.3 million in career winnings.
On the surface, Federer seems more likely to surpass the $100 million mark first, especially given that the winner of the Aussie Open will claim a $3.85 million prize. However, Federer, at age 34, hasn’t won a major since 2012, while the 28-year-old Djokovic is the reigning men’s champion at the event.
For both men, it is a matter of when, not if, and nobody else even threatens their chances. Rafael Nadal’s career earnings are at $75 million, while Serena Williams has earned around $74 million in the less lucrative women’s game. It will definitely be a subplot to watch once everyone convenes in Melbourne in just over three weeks.
It wasn’t just Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer battling at the US Open on Sunday; their wives were also dueling.
Throughout the US Open finals, ESPN’s cameras kept flashing to Mirka Federer and Jelena Djokovic for their reactions to the action. At times they were tense, but the rest of the time they were their husbands’ biggest supporters as they clapped following good points.
Here are both wives as they cheered on their husbands at various points in the match:
Mirka was joined in the Federer box by Roger’s dad and coach Stefan Edberg. Coach oris Becker was also in Djokovic’s box along with Jelena.
Federer’s children — two sets of twins — must have been at home. Ditto with Djokovic’s son, who was born last year, months after Nole and Jelena got married during the summer. The Djokovics have been dating since 2005, while the Federers have been married since 2009. Cool fact: Roger’s wife Mirka used to be a professional tennis player and the two met at the 2000 Olympics.
Boris Becker and Roger Federer are clashing once again.
Becker, who is the coach for world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, commented on one of Federer’s new tactics and called it almost disrespectful to the other player’s serve. The tactic involves Federer coming to the net after returning serve. It has been nicknamed “SABR,” which is an acronym for “Sneak Attack By Federer.”
“It’s almost disrespecting the other guy’s serve. Everybody talks about that’s his new strategy – he comes in. It’s within the rules,” Becker told Sky.
“If he would have played a [John] McEnroe, [Jimmy] Connors, [Ivan] Lendl or even me, we would have said: ‘Roger, in all honesty I like you very much [but] I’ll go straight at you.’ In my generation guys would not have accepted as it is now.”
It seems clear that Becker and Federer are not the best of friends. In his book, Becker said Djokovic and Federer do not like each other. That led to a reaction from Federer, who was not too happy. No doubt Becker is somewhat in Federer’s head about the matter and strategy.
Federer went with his family to see Broadway play “Finding Neverland” during one of his off days this week at the US Open, and he told ESPN that the show left him in tears.
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“I was crying like crazy with my daughters, my wife, my mom. Oh yeah, I couldn’t control myself!” he admitted.
Federer won again in straight sets in the third round Saturday. Now he has more time to watch touching performances. May I suggest a showing of “Titanic”? Or perhaps “The Little Mermaid” might move him to tears too.
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Roger Federer is 34 years old and nearing the end of his career. He has not won a major since 2012, and many think he will not win another one again. But Pete Sampras still believes the Swiss star has one more grand slam left in him.
Sampras joined “The Tennis Podcast” over the weekend and talked about Federer among others.
“I do think there is (a good chance of Federer winning another major). I think he’s playing well, he’s fit, he hits the ball great, he’s doing everything that he’s been doing for years.
“It is tougher as you get older and now Novak [Djokovic] and [Andy] Murray, they’re in their prime now. I think for Roger to win, things need to fall into place. I think if he has to play Murray, Djokovic, then Rafa in one week or back-to-back, it gets more difficult.
“Wimbledon I think is his best chance, but the US Open he’s won there five times, he knows what he’s doing. I think he’s got a good shot, but I think obviously Novak is the man to beat.”
Wimbledon would seem to be Fed’s best chance at winning another major. He has won it seven times, and he reached the finals at the All England Club the past two years in a row, where he lost to Novak Djokovic both times.
For Federer to win another major, he would need to catch a couple of breaks. He would need a favorable draw, and then he would need to have Murray or Djokovic lose. And then there is the question of whether he could even beat Stan Wawrinka now, too. I don’t see it happening, but Federer fans will probably love hearing what Sampras had to say.
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Roger Federer had a big edge over Novak Djokovic in at least one regard during their finals at Wimbledon Sunday. He had the support of the crowd.
Though the fans weren’t necessarily against Djokovic, they constantly supported the Swiss star who has won the Wimbledon championship seven times. He received loud roars and cheers any time he did well. He also had plenty of support in his box from wife Mirka and coach Stefan Edberg.
When Federer won points, ESPN frequently flashed to his box. Mirka, who is usually as stoic as her husband, even got animated during contested points in the match.
The fans at Wimbledon were hoping for and appreciated high-level tennis, but there was no doubt for whom they were rooting: Roger.
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Roger Federer grew up idolizing former world No. 1 tennis player Boris Becker, but some recent comments that Becker made may have changed Federer’s opinion of the six-time Grand Slam winner.
Becker recently released an autobiography, and in it he claims that it is an “open secret” that Federer and Novak Djokovic “don’t particularly like each other.” Earlier this week, Federer basically told Becker to mind his own business.
“Becker really has no idea. He should know me well enough to know that I am a relaxed guy,” Federer said, according to Mirror UK. “It is always dangerous when you are talking a lot. Sometimes you say things you should not. Of course I didn’t like what he said. After all, he was once my idol.”
Federer admitted that he used to take issue with the way Djokovic acted on the court, but he said that is no longer a problem. Perhaps it had something to do with Djokovic mocking Federer with his classic impressions.
“It is well known that I initially had problems with Novak’s manner on court but now he behaves wonderfully and fairly,” he added. “I have no problem with Novak.”
Becker also said that Federer avoids controversy publicly because he “makes good money” off of his clean-cut image. You can read the full quote here.
It’s probably safe to say Federer and his idol won’t be having dinner anytime soon.