Fans from all over the world come to support, watch and be part of Federer’s legacy and six-time Grand Slam winner Boris Becker believes his persona makes him more loved than even football giants Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
“[Federer is] the most popular sports star in the world ahead of Messi, Ronaldo, LeBron James, some of the others,” Becker revealed on BBC One. “He’s been around so long, he’s been so successful for so long and he speaks so many languages. “He speaks English with you, German with me, Swiss, Italian, French. “I think that adds to the image of Roger Federer.”
Becker feels the aura that the 38-year-old provides on and off the tennis court is what makes him one of the most charming human beings on earth. “He won the warm-up tournament on grass in Halle, he played the clay court season, he had the semi-final [at the French Open], losing to Nadal eventually,” Becker continued. “But he kept himself in shape, maybe even fitter than he has been for the past couple of years.
“There’s no other reason for him to play other than he must love it. “He’s proven to everybody, to himself, that he’s potentially the greatest of all time, he’s done it for so long.”
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10 April, 2020