Novak Djokovic was bothered by being less popular than Federer, Nadal - Becker

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Novak Djokovic was bothered by being less popular than Federer, Nadal - Becker

The former world No. 1 Boris Becker spoke about Novak Djokovic being less popular than Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. The six-time Major winner 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." The former world No.

2 Alex Corretja praised Federer and Nadal for their longevity: "It's unusual and unrepeatable that 11 years after the two keep being there, at an even higher level. They improve over the time and they show that they are examples to follow but very difficult to repeat."

Former Andy Murray's coach Jonas Bjorkman is confident that the Brit can deliver his best tennis even against the Big Three. The Swede claimed: "Absolutely, Andy can get back to the top ten levels. There is no doubt, with the calibre of player he is, if he is healthy, I have no doubt that he is going to be back to challenge the top five.

Once a champion you are always a champion. He has had a problem with his hip for a long time and that has been throwing him off a bit, but there is no doubt that he can come back to that level and maybe play even better."

Murray will start his new season at the ATP Cup, then he will play the Australian Open where 11 months ago he said he would have liked ended his career this year.