Becker: Djokovic was bothered by less popularity than Federer, Nadal


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Becker: Djokovic was bothered by less popularity than Federer, Nadal

Novak Djokovic may write a new chapter of history on Sunday as he will seek his 16th Grand Slam title against Roger Federer. But the Serb is not loved by the public as much as the Swiss and Rafael Nadal are. On this topic, former Djokovic's coach Boris Becker said: "We are talking about two of the most successful not tennis players but sportsmen in the world.

Novak has millions of fans from all over the world. He is highly popular. But was something that we spoke about but it is not something he is interested in now. But there was a time when he was bothered about it, yes." On his win over Roberto Bautista Agut, the Belgrade native added: "It was a big challenge for both me and Bautista, playing semi-finals.

I've lost to him two times this year already, different surfaces. But, you know, at one stage of the match, it could have gone a different way. Was very close in the third set. We split sets. You know, a couple of very long games when I broke his serve and he had some breakpoints, very long rally.

I managed to make a winner down the line with the backhand. Obviously winning that game was crucial for me. It gave me more confidence and relief so I could, you know, swing more freely in the next games. The fourth set was the best set of the day. I'm really pleased with the way I ended the match."