Boris Becker: 'Federer, Nadal, Djokovic kept Zverev away from no. 1 spot'

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Boris Becker: 'Federer, Nadal, Djokovic kept Zverev away from no. 1 spot'

After following the German squad at the Davis Cup Finals, the six-time Major champion Boris Becker will lead the national team at the ATP Cup in January. Germany will compete against Greece, Canada and Australia in Brisbane and it should be exciting to see who will emerge at the top and reach the quarters, with many interesting matches lying just around the corner.

Becker will rely on his best singles player Alexander Zverev, with the Hamburg native hoping to make a strong start of the new season after a mediocre 2019 that saw him winning only one small ATP 250 title. Zverev managed to stay in the top-10 and secure the ATP Finals ticket where he failed to defend the title and continue where he left in 2018.

In the previous two seasons, the Hamburg native was the fourth-best player in the world behind Nadal, Djokovic and Federer, hoping for more of the same in 2019 and to attack the ATP throne. As we all know, that never happened and Alexander will have to start all over in 2020, seeking good results at Majors and consistency he failed to produce in the season behind us.

"Zverev should be there to compete for the big titles in the future, together with Dominic Thiem, Denis Shapovalov, Nick Kyrgios, Alex de Minaur and others. Last year at this time, the question was on will Alexander become no.

1, but there were three good reasons why that did not occur, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. Alexander is among the group of young guys who have been knocking on the door and he is only 22 years old, there's plenty of time for him to fulfill his potential."