Becker talks of 'doubts' about Federer beating McEnroe, Borg at their best


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Becker talks of 'doubts' about Federer beating McEnroe, Borg at their best

Boris Becker said several times that Roger Federer is the greatest player of all time, but according to an article published in the Express, he admitted that he now has some doubts about it.

The six-time Grand Slam winner thinks you can't compare players of different eras. 'I don’t know. You have to say he is the most successful, but how can you decide for sure that he is the best ever,' Becker said.

'Comparing generations is tough, especially in tennis, but he ticks many boxes as the greatest ever. He has 20 Grand Slams, the most ever. He has the most weeks at world No.1, which is an impressive record. However, would he have beaten (John) McEnroe when he was at his very best in the 1984 Wimbledon final using a very different type of racquet to the one he has now? I doubt it.' He also added, 'Would he have beaten Bjorn Borg at his very best when he was dominating at the French Open at Wimbledon? Again, I doubt it, but that is not to belittle Federer’s achievements for one moment.

Who would have imagined he would still be the guy to beat when he was 36? He is still very much here and I still believe he will stay around for some time. He has set the bar so very high in his career and everyone looks for the minor crack in his make-up.

I am amazed by his commitment to the game considering he has four kids, as that was one of the reasons I decided to quit my career.' ALSO READ: Tommy Haas ends career: 'Last match I won on tour will be against Federer' .