Boris Becker’s verdict on GOAT debate between Djokovic, Federer and Nadal
It is the enduring debate amid the greatest era in the history of tennis, yet Boris Becker believes Novak Djokovic may have the edge of his great rivals in the race to be hailed as the greatest player of all-time.
Becker may be a little biased in this debate as he worked as Djokovic’s coach for part of his record breaking career, with the former world No.1 suggesting the debate on who is the greatest of all-time will eventually be decided by statistics.
Djokovic, Federer and Nadal are all tied on 20 Grand Slam titles, with Becker suspecting his former charge will win the battle of the statistics when all three hang up their rackets for the last time.
“The fact that three players have won 20 Grand Slams each is unbelievable and will never be equalled again,” Becker told Eurosport.
“Numbers just don’t lie. As a tennis player, the number of weeks at No 1 is very important. Novak is simply way ahead there. If all three of them stopped playing tennis today, I would see Novak at No 1.”
Becker also suggested we may have seen the last of Federer on the biggest stage, as he looks to make an unlikely comeback from a serious knee injury in 2022.
“Roger has already managed a lot of things where we said that is not possible at all. That’s why I wouldn’t rule it out,” he added. “It won’t be easy, tennis is changing and getting faster. At some point it will no longer be easy.”
“I think the two greats of tennis now have to think seriously about how long they can be called players. With Rafa it will be a bit easier than with Roger. There’s no bigger Roger fan than me, but I don’t know how easy it is to make another comeback after knee surgery at almost 41.”
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