Published On: Tue, Jun 11th, 2019

Boris Becker SLAMS tennis stars for not beating Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Djokovic


The top three players in the world have dominated the ATP circuit for well over a decade and amassed 53 Grand Slam titles between them.

Only Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Marin Cilic and Juan Martin del Potro – who are now all over 30 – have beaten Federer, Nadal and Djokovic to a Grand Slam title since 2005.

With the tennis heavyweights coming towards the latter end of their careers there are doubts over the future of the men’s game.

And Becker is fearful for the younger generation because they have not been able to dethrone the kings of their sport.

“That is not good,” Becker said.

“That is not a compliment for anybody under 28.

“And don’t give me that the others are too good. We should question the quality and the attitude of everybody under 28.

“It just doesn’t make sense. As much as I respect Roger, Rafa, Novak – who else? Show up. Give me something I want to talk about.”

Six-time Grand Slam winner Becker wants to see the leading trio defeated while they are at the top of their game.

“Eventually they will be too old. But you want to see the passing of the torch while they are still in their prime,” added Becker.

“You want to see Stefanos [Tsitsipas] and Dominic [Thiem] beating them when they are still very, very good.

“It’s not the forehands. It’s not the fitness. It’s a certain mentality, mindset, attitude that makes the difference between winning and losing.”

Becker also reckons there will be a lull in the sport when the retirements start to commence.

“There will be a dip. People have to get used to the new players,” said Becker.

“There will be a ‘wow’ moment. ‘Wow, we’re not talking about Roger and Rafa any more’.

“But we said the same thing with [John] McEnroe and [Jimmy] Connors, [Andre] Agassi and [Pete] Sampras. Maybe myself and [Stefan] Edberg and [Mats] Wilander.

“Tennis will always continue with great new stars. But there will be a dip and then the spotlight will be on the young generation to say, ‘Now, show up. Who are you? Are you good enough, can you carry the sport, or was it all a bluff?'”



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