Boris Becker reveals that Novak Djokovic was bothered by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal popularity
The Serbian booked his place in the final of Wimbledon on Sunday after seeing off Roberto Bautista Agut in the semi and he will take on Federer next, who overcame Nadal in four sets.
Together, they are the three most successful players in the history of the mens game – with Djokovic on 15 Grand Slams compared to Nadals 18 and Federers 20 – but the world No.1 doesnt have anywhere near the popularity.
Asked if Djokovic felt unloved compared to the other two, Becker – who used to coach the Serb – explained to the BBC: Well we had discussions about it.
Obviously Novak has millions of fans himself but youre talking about two of the most popular sportsmen – not just tennis players – and its a very difficult contest.
I think by now he doesnt care so much, he knows who he is. But there was a time when it bothered him, yes.
Djokovic – a four-time Wimbledon champ – seemed a little agitated on Centre Court during his win over Bautista Agut, cupping his ear to the crowd and sssh-ing them as they rallied behind the No.23 seed.
Asked if he was fired up by the lack of love he received, Djokovic told reporters: No, I mean, look, I focused on what I need to do.