US Open: Boris Becker slams 'disrespectful' Roger Federer over 'SABR' attack

New York: Legendary tennis player Boris Becker has slammed 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer, describing the latter's new chip-and-charge return tactic as 'almost disrespectful' to opponents.

Becker, now coach of Serbian star Novak Djokovic, spoke about Federer's recent strategy of standing right up to receive serve and then running in, after hitting it almost on the half volley.

Boris Becker

The Swiss star used the tactic, which involves charging towards the net as his opponent serves, during a dominant 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 scamper into the semi-finals of the US Open against Frenchman Richard Gasquet on Wednesday night.

The German legend said that in his day, players would have smacked the ball straight at Federer's body to try and warn him off a move known as the SABR -- Sneak Attack By Roger.

"It's almost disrespecting the other guy's serve. Everybody talks about that's his new strategy -- he comes in. It's within the rules.

Roger Federer

"If he would have played a (John) McEnroe, (Jimmy) Connors, (Ivan) Lendl or even me, we would have said, "Roger, in all honesty I like you very much, but I'll go straight at you. In my generation guys would not have accepted as it is now," Becker was quoted as saying by Skysports on Thursday.

Federer will next face compatriot Stan Wawrinka in the men's singles semi-finals of the US Open.

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  • Cyndi Boehler-Walsh12-Sep-2015

    Roger is OK in my book and if he does whatever works to win the point, he should be praised rather than criticized. I've played doubles against players who were higher rated and when they lost they complained about "different tennis"--like dinks and lobs...because they loved hard hit shots. Find a good strategy to win...that is the name of the game especially as you get older. No one should be angry about your style of play. if they are giving it their all.

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