Boris Becker fumes at ATP Tour record-keeping as Alexander Zverev matches success with Italian Open triumph

Alexander Zverev celebrates a championship win
Alexander Zverev celebrates a championship win

Boris Becker believes that the ATP Tour’s record-keeping invalidates tennis played before 1990.

It was in 1990 that the ATP Tour formally came into being but Becker played professionally from 1983 and achieved great success in the Grand Prix tournaments that were the forebears of the ATP Masters events.

Becker responded to the news that Alexander Zverev had equalled his record of 11 ATP Masters finals.

The German icon featured in 21 finals at the equivalent to the ATP Masters all told but his eight Super Masters titles and ten finals are not counted under the ATP Tours official records.

“As I appreciate very much Sascha @AlexZverev reaching the final in Rome (in fact I will be rooting for him to win the title for the 2 time), I know tennis was played before 1990… meaning all titles won don’t count anymore?!? Just saying,” said Becker on X.

The German still supported Zverev as he went on to win the Italian Open for the second time.

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The former world No 1 made the Italian Open final in 1994 but was never able to capture the Rome title.

Becker won his first Grand Prix title in 1985 Cincinnati Open and would add three more title in 1986 with wins in Toronto, Tokyo and Paris. He won back-to-back titles at Indian Wells in 1987 and 1988. Later in 1988 Becker won the championships in Tokyo and Stockholm.

He was a losing finalist at Monte Carlo in 1989 and went on to win his second Paris Indoors title later that year.

Between 1990 and his retirement in 1999, Becker would lose two more Monte Carlo finals and his only Italian Open final. He won three Stockholm Open finals at a time when that tournament was designated as part of the ATP Super 9. In this period Becker played 11 finals and won six Masters titles.

With Zverev’s Italian Open win the German No 1 has matched Becker for Masters titles and finals runs.

Zverev has also won the Madrid Open twice, and titles in Canada and Cincinnati at ATP 1000 level.

The ATP Tour has no strict obligation to honour records from the pre-ATP Tour era.

So officially Zverev has matched Becker in terms of Masters record as Germany’s most successful player in that dispensation. However, Becker still has his six Grand Slam titles to celebrate and a total of 49 trophies won in professional tennis.

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