'Roger Federer is the figurehead for tennis, while Novak Djokovic...', says ATP ace

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'Roger Federer is the figurehead for tennis, while Novak Djokovic...', says ATP ace

Despite having achieved extraordinary results on the tennis court, Novak Djokovic has always been a controversial and controversial character. It is no mystery that the number 1 in the world does not enjoy the same popularity as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, the two eternal rivals with whom he has written unforgettable pages of tennis history.

Thanks to the successes at the Australian Open and Roland Garros, the Serbian champion has brought himself only one distance behind the Swiss and the Spanish in the all-time Grand Slam standings. A possible triumph at Wimbledon would allow the 34-year-old from Belgrade to crown the very long chase of him.

Nole has also spent a lot outside the pitch, having been one of the founders of the controversial PTPA. This new organization, which immediately entered into conflict with the ATP, pursues the aim of better protecting lower-level players.

Djokovic sparked a lot of controversy last year when he hosted the Adria Tour, heedless of any protective measures and social distancing. In a long interview with 'MAGAZIN', German Oscar Otte explained how Novak's 'stained' image affects the GOAT debate.

Oscar Otte on the GOAT debate

"No matter who wins the (Grand Slam) race, from my point of view, Roger Federer is the greatest," Oscar Otte said. "Unfortunately, I am not objective. I admire him for his demeanor.

He is the figurehead for tennis. He has built a flawless image and not, like Novak Djokovic, caused scandals." Roger Federer and Oscar Otte have met just once on the tour - in the second round of Roland Garros 2019. Federer triumphed in straight sets, and Otte recalled how that match gave him opportunities that he normally doesn't get.

"It was difficult to play against him (Federer, at Roland Garros), of course, but I played well," Otte said. "But a lot of new things came up to me. For example, it was the first time I had real interviews. That's why I was exhausted for a few days after the match," Otte said.

"(But) it was a cool experience. The only stupid thing was that I got injured again afterwards and couldn’t take this positive swing with me." Roger sustained a knee injury last year, which kept him out of action for a long period of time.

The former World No.1 has comeback from injury after two successful knee surgeries. The fans have vouched for him to win the tournament this year, for a record ninth Wimbledon title.