Former world No. 1 Boris Becker insists Novak Djokovic will be a contender for the Grand Slams next season and he also hopes Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will return to the Tour. Becker wants the Big Three to be around as much as possible but he has noted that the younger guys have never been more dangerous.
Dominic Thiem won his maiden Grand Slam title last year at the US Open, while Daniil Medvedev collected his first Major at this last US Open. "Logically, Novak will continue to play an important role next year and I also want Rafa to come back and Roger to recover, although there are a lot of young players who are doing well.
There are guys like Alcaraz, Rune, Sinner, Auger-Aliassime as well as players like Zverev, Tsitsipas and Medvedev. We've been talking about Federer, Nadal and Djokovic for 15 years because they just won it all. Now we have to get used to talking about the other generation, which brings everything the tennis fan wants," Becker said, per We Love Tennis.
Becker reflects on the Djokovic and Medvedev US Open final
Djokovic suffered a straight-set loss to Medvedev in the US Open final and failed to win a record 21st Grand Slam and capture a Calendar Grand Slam. "He (Novak Djokovic) wanted to make history,” Becker told Eurosport.
“He wanted to become the most successful Grand Slam player of all time. He didn’t want to become one of the best – he wanted to become the best, and he would have underlined that with a victory here today.
I have never seen Novak so clueless." Becker thought Medvedev deserved the win. “Daniil Medvedev deserved to win today; deserved to win the tournament,” Becker continued. “He was the best player over these two weeks and only lost one set in total on the way to his first Grand Slam."