Former tennis player Boris Becker
Former tennis player Boris Becker

Djokovic slowly coming into the category of all time greats: Boris Becker

ANI | Updated: Feb 17, 2020 09:01 IST

Berlin [Germany], Feb 17 (ANI): Six-time Grand Slam winner Boris Becker has said that Novak Djokovic is slowly coming into the category of all-time greats in tennis and added that the Serbian should be bothered about just winning tournaments.
Becker has also coached Djokovic for three years in the past. His remarks came as the Serbian earlier said that it troubled him to see not many fans support him as compared to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Djokovic won the Australian Open this year, as he defeated Dominic Thiem in the finals to register his 17th Grand Slam.
"I actually think that Novak Djokovic has million of fans throughout the world, I would disagree that only Federer and Nadal have fans, but you talking about the two most successful players in the history of tennis, Novak is slowly coming into the category," Becker told ANI.
"So, that's it, one has won 20 Grand Slams (Federer) and one has 19 (Nadal), Djokovic is slowly getting there. Everybody is a little different, it is not a beauty contest, you just want to win in the end," he added.
The men's tennis has lately been dominated by the top three (Federer, Nadal and Djokovic) and no player born after 1990 has managed to win a single Grand Slam this decade.
Becker reckons the time is slowly changing and he also made a staggering observation as to why the younger lot is finding it tough to win a Grand Slam.
"Obviously, we have the top three (Federer, Nadal and Djokovic) that have been winning all the majors. This is happening for many years now, on the other hand, you want the younger generation to win some Grand Slams, but the top three are still good. Dominic Thiem took Djokovic to five sets in the finals of Australian Open, there are few talented players," Becker said.
"You want to stimulate a bit, you want to know the reasons why the younger lot is not getting ahead. I have noticed that it is easy to hide behind the top three as then no one will criticise you, but Thiem took Djokovic to five sets, it is about time that a younger player wins a Grand Slam. The times are definitely changing," he added. (ANI)

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