Boris Becker issues honest statement on Novak Djokovic's longevity, greatness

Becker full of praise for Djokovic following the Serb's latest accomplishment.

by Dzevad Mesic
Boris Becker issues honest statement on Novak Djokovic's longevity, greatness
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Boris Becker says Novak Djokovic has been doing "quite extraordinary things" and added the Serb's astonishing success and longevity have probably left the majority of tennis fans "speechless." Djokovic, who is 36 years old, was a finalist in all four Grand Slam tournaments this year and won three Slam titles.

Most recently, Djokovic won this year's US Open following a straight-set win over Daniil Medvedev in the final at Flushing Meadows. Following his three Grand Slam wins in 2023, Djokovic reached a record-breaking 24 Slams in men's tennis.

"There is nothing that surprises me about Novak Djokovic anymore. But that at 36 he still has the motivation, that he has the desire, that he has the leisure and invests the time... I mean, he doesn't have to prove anything to anyone anymore.

Now he has reached Margaret Court with 24 Grand Slam titles and is the oldest Grand Slam winner. That's quite extraordinary. A few years ago, I thought that such records could not be broken at all, because at some point you are physically and mentally too old for competitive sports.

But there again, Novak Djokovic is pushing the limits. I think all of us who love tennis, who also respect him, are a bit speechless," Becker told Becker told Eurosport Germany's podcast 'Das Gelbe vom Ball'.

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Djokovic has left Becker 'speechless'

Moments after his latest Grand Slam win, Djokovic confirmed that he is not done yet.

“I feel good in my own body. I still feel I got the support of my environment, of my team, of my family. Knowing that I play at such a high level still and I win the biggest tournaments in this sport, I don’t want to leave this sport if I’m still at the top, you know, if I’m still playing the way I’m playing.

Eventually one day I will leave tennis in about 23, 24 years. And there is going to be new young players coming up. Until then, I guess you’ll see me a bit more," Djokovic said.

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