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Saturday, January 18, 2020

Boris Becker: Roger Federer SABR attack is disrespectful

Novak Djokovic Boris Becker

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.



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