Boris Becker has issued a major statement on Novak Djokovic's dominance in tennis, declaring the 36-year-old Serb "the lion king." Djokovic, who will be turning 37 in May, has had one of the best seasons of his career this year and he is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
Following a season in which Djokovic broke some of the biggest records of the game and did some pretty impressive things, Becker has no doubt who still deserves to be recognized as the best in the game. "For me, he is the lion king.
We do our best to teach tennis fans what is impossible to teach: What this player has won in his 16 or 17-year career and that he is perhaps playing his best tennis at the age of 36. He has won three Grand Slam tournaments this year and reached the final at Wimbledon - he was close to the calendar Grand Slam at the age of 36.
This is out of this world. He plays two and a half hours in Paris on Thursday, three hours against [Holger] Rune on Friday, another three hours against [Andrey] Rublev - a normal person gets tired, Novak gets better and then beats a strong [Grigor] Dimitrov in straight sets in the final.
He then does the same again at the ATP Finals," Becker said on Eurosport Germany's tennis podcast Das Gelbe vom Ball.
Becker compares Djokovic to other sporting icons
Djokovic is not considered only one of the greatest tennis players ever but also one of the greatest sportsmen in sports history.
Further addressing Djokovic's astonishing success and longevity, Becker compared him to other superstars who have dominated in their respective sports over a longer period. “I want to compare him to a Lionel Messi, a LeBron James and a Tom Brady - for me, that's the category Novak Djokovic is in because all these athletes are dominating or have dominated their sport even in their mid or late thirties," Becker said.
After an unbelievable 2023 season, Djokovic highlighted that he will be determined to win a lot more next year. In 2024, Djokovic's priority will remain Grand Slams and the Serb will also be determined to win his first gold medal at the Paris Olympics.