Becker: ‘Tennis has no place for Federer

28 Dec 2021 | 17:00 | Tennis

According to the legendary Boris Becker, Roger Federer was not able to adapt to the speed and physical demands of contemporary tennis.

“Roger used to do a lot of things that we considered impossible. But it is difficult for him to return to the top this time,” Boris Becker, owner of six Grand Slams, commented on Eurosport. “Tennis is changing. The ball is getting faster, it takes a lot of physical strength and it’s not for Roger. I think both Rafa and Roger have to think seriously about their era. Rafa is younger so there’s a chance. I’m a big fan of Roger, but I don’t know how to make him play at his best after having knee surgery at the age of 41.”

Roger Federer is recovering from knee surgery for the third time in two years, is expected to return to play in the summer of 2022. The Swiss player has played only 13 matches in the 2021 season, the furthest is the quarterfinals of Wimbledon. Federer spent three years empty-handed at the Grand Slam. He was caught up by Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal with a record of 20 Grand Slams.

“20 Grand Slams is a feat that is difficult for anyone to catch up with the Big 3,” added Becker. “Numbers don’t lie. Besides the Grand Slam, the most important thing for a player is the number of weeks in the world No. 1. Novak is ahead of the other two. If all threestop competing at the same time. At this point, Novak is the greatest tennis player of all time.”

While Nadal and Federer were empty-handed at the Grand Slam season 2021, Djokovic reached the final of all four tournaments and won three titles. The 34-year-old tennis player proved to be fit, often winning against junior players in the NextGen group. At Roland Garros, Djokovic eliminated Nadal despite losing before the first set.

Becker, who coached Djokovic from 2014-2016, is not surprised about the former student’s physical background. He said: “Novak’s physique helps him to recover quickly. He also adheres to many methods of maintaining flexibility and endurance. He takes care of his body and mind every day, which not everyone does. yes. He’s a special tennis player, a different person. All of this creates an extraordinary physique for Novak.”

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