In a recent interview, the six-time Major winner Boris Becker commented on the rivalries in tennis. The German said: "We are competitors. He wants something that I want and I want something that he wants to take away from me.
So, of course, we are respecting each other but it's a man to man competition. Sometimes I would do all the possible, sometimes within the books and sometimes not, to intimidate. But that's part of the game. Stefan Edberg was my biggest rival and he was always very nice, so it's difficult to get your psyche up against a really fair guy because he never bothers you.
With Andre Agassi it's a different story, some years ago he wrote an autobiography called Open and he was very open about how he felt on tennis and the tennis community, so he was the least friend, he does not have many friends in tennis but I do not think he cares because he lives with an amazing wife, Germany's Steffi Graf in Las Vegas, good taste for women!
But it's natural that you cannot be a best friend. It's interesting to see Federer, Nadal and Djokovic, they played so many times each other and there are no secrets. They know how the other plays. They have more respect and friendship than the one that we had because they played for so long."
Meanwhile, Djokovic said: "My son understood that I often have to travel. And he actually asks me: Why do you get that far away from me? In the beginning, I could not handle it. I missed my family on court and at home, I suffered for not being home.
When I played bad, doubts and bad feelings were increasing. Everything seemed so bad. But now that I am in peace with myself, I think that every time life brings you new challenges. It's up to you to accept them and take the opportunities to improve yourself. Otherwise, you will have lost even before you start."