World No.1 Novak Djokovic eyes on to capture his 19th Grand Slam title at the upcoming French Open 2021. Meanwhile, the former coach and six-time major title winner Boris Becker has revealed that Serbian has two different personalities that sometimes fight on the court.
Becker worked with Djokovic as a head coach for more or less three years, from 2013 to 2016. During that period, German guided Serb to claim six Grand Slam titles and 14 Masters 1000 titles, including the 2016 French Open crown.
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According to his perspective, in a recent interview, Becker said that the 18-time Grand Slam champion exhibits two different kinds of personalities in the on-court and off-court.
While working with Boris, Djokovic surprised everyone when he began to converse with his coach in his mother tongue, none other than German.
“Funnily, I would always call him ‘Schatzi’, which means sweetheart, and so when people were in the elevator, and he started picking up German, everybody was surprised,” Becker reminisced.
Boris Becker emphasised Novak Djokovic as a robust man when competing in the ATP Tour and a generous and kind person on the rest of the occasions.
German continued, “He’s got two personalities. There’s the one on the court – the machine-like, Zen-like, businesslike competitor that wants to win no matter what. And then you’ve got Novak off the court, who is a sweetheart – loves his family, loves his charity, loves his country – and he would give you his last shirt if you needed one.”
Becker also explained that people sometimes don’t understand or criticise Djokovic because they see his aggressive style of play wrongly.
“So you have these two sides that fight with one another sometimes on the court, and I think that’s why people sometimes don’t understand or criticise him because they see this fierce competitor that can be ugly at times. But it all comes from a good place,” the former World No.1 from Leimen concluded.