London: Six-time Grand Slam winner and Novak Djokovic's coach Boris Becker has revealed that the Serbian tennis ace and former World No 1 Roger Federer dislike each other, and that the Swiss "cannot possibly" be as nice as he appears.
Becker said it's an "open secret" in the tennis world that the two dislike each other. Elaborating on the mutual dislike, Becker said: "The reason Roger is one of the highest-paid athletes of all time is he's liked by everybody. But think about this, you can't possibly be liked by everybody. He makes good money out of his image, but would he make less if we saw a bit more of his true feelings?"
The German also told telegraph.co.uk that tennis no longer has entertaining rivalries because players are too scared of being fined for swearing about their opponents. "We have great characters but it's true they don't show it as much because they can't. They get fined and there are microphones on the court that pick up every curse or utterance in frustration," Becker told the website on Monday.
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