Former three time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker says defending champion Novak Djokovic will have a tough time against Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff when the two players meet in the first round of the Australian Open on Monday night.
According to Eurosport, Becker says on the match between the Serb and German, "It's awesome. If Novak has a good day in Melbourne, you can't beat him. Jan-Lennard is an uncomfortable opponent who is not afraid of big names.
He will go through with his game and not give the match away or even kneel in awe. This game will be difficult for both players." Struff is ranked No. 39 in the world and is one of the highest ranked unseeded players in the men's singles draw.
Djokovic is a seven-time champion in Melbourne and will be gunning to win his record 8th title at the Open. Meanwhile, Germany's top-ranked player Alexander Zverev takes on Italian Marco Cecchinato in the first round. "I think Marco Cecchinato is a good draw for Alex.
The Italian has his strengths more on clay and if Zverev does well in the rallies, he should prevail." This will be the first meeting between the two players. Zverev has struggled in recent weeks, losing all three matches at the ATP Cup in Australia.
The German will be hoping to get back on form in Melbourne. Becker is also a two time champion at the Australian Open, winning in 1991 and 1996 and will be commentating at the Australian Open for Eurosport. The Australian Open begins in Melbourne on Monday, January 20th.