Former world No. 1 Boris Becker believes Novak Djokovic is still the man to beat but he has acknowledged that the younger generation is coming. This past US Open, Daniil Medvedev captured his maiden Grand Slam title after beating Djokovic in the final.
Becker was asked which player will be the successor of Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. "That is the big question. Novak Djokovic is still the one. That won't change anytime soon. If you've watched the US Open, Alexander Zverev, Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas are the next group of players.
Then the question is how quickly Dominic Thiem will recover. He was number two before his injury. Then there are really younger ones like Jannik Sinner or Carlos Alcaraz," Becker told NEUE.
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"I find it difficult to use the word 'best.'
You are doing the other generations injustice. I don't know if Rod Laver was worse than Roger Federer or if John McEnroe was worse than Novak Djokovic. Each generation has been exceptionally good. You could say there are the three most successful players -- Djokovic, Nadal and Federer with 20 Grand Slams each," Becker explained.
Becker also said that he "respects" Djokovic decision not to reveal his vaccination status. I will not reveal my status, whether I have been vaccinated or not. It is a private matter and an inappropriate inquiry," Djokovic told the online edition of Serbian daily Blic.
"People go too far these days in taking the liberty to ask questions and judge a person. "Of course I want to go, Australia is my most successful grand slam tournament. "I am following the situation regarding the Australian Open and I understand the final decision (on COVID-19 related restrictions) will be made in two weeks.
"I believe there will be a lot of restrictions just like this year, but I doubt there will be too many changes."