In a recent press conference, Maria Sharapova praised the 20-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer. The Russian and the Swiss attended many events together off-court and they are connected by friendship.
'It's a lot of fun', said Sharapova. 'There's so much different variety. The way he keeps his cool and the way he's able to play so many different types of games and really know where his opponent is around the court.
He has so many great shots, so many different options. That's fun to watch.' Asked if she thinks that there's a correlation between a player's personality off the court and their on-court playing style, Sharapova replied: 'I think everyone's different.
It's tough to say. Um, I'm definitely not as tough on the court as I am on the court, thank goodness. I'd not have many friends. (Laughter.)
No, I think it's just when you're on the court, when we're playing our matches or when we're training, it's our job, and we really have to be focused at what we do.
I think being laid back is great and it's really fun. But at the end of the day, we're really big competitors. We compete out there and we want to win. It's a fighting sport. But when we get off the court we talk to our team about the match, and then we have another life that we live which is away from the courts which are pretty normal.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title