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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Boris Becker: Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer don’t particularly like each other

Roger Federer Novak DjokovicRoger Federer is a beloved tennis figure and seems to be well liked by fans, the media and his colleagues. Though he is well liked, not everyone is a huge fan of him, apparently.

In his new book “Wimbledon: My Life and Career at the All England Club,” Boris Becker writes that Novak Djokovic and Federer don’t particularly like each other.

Here is the excerpt from the book via The Telegraph:

“[They] don’t particularly like each other,” Becker writes. “The reason Roger is one of the highest-paid athletes of all time is because he’s liked by everybody. But think about this – you can’t possibly be liked by everybody… He makes good money out of his image, but would he make less if we saw a bit more of his true feelings?”

That’s an interesting point by Becker, who has been Djokovic’s coach since late 2013. Federer has a pristine image, but we have seen times in the past where there have been hints of what Becker is talking about. Remember when Federer yelled at fans at the French Open a few years ago and told them to “shut up!“? That was a shock to see. And then he complained about Rafael Nadal taking too much time and how he should be called for violations. Those were times when we saw Federer’s natural, competitive side come out, and not a politically correct side.

And if you’re wondering why Djokovic and Federer might not completely get along, it could have a little to do with Djokovic mocking Federer with his classic impressions.



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