I never expected Rafael Nadal to finish number one this year, says Becker



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I never expected Rafael Nadal to finish number one this year, says Becker

Boris Becker spoke about Rafael Nadal clinching the year-end No. 1 rankings spot. The German said: "I never expected Nadal to finish number one this year. I thought Novak would have a landslide lead by July and he did but Rafa came back.

There are a lot of question marks. I couldn't give you a name. It could be none of the 'big three'" Becker also spoke about the Olympic Games: For the older players, it is one extra big event that they play.

They all want to play because they are proud of representing their countries. It will mean the US Open comes around a lot quicker. The younger legs will benefit from that." Tim Henman said: "I'm going to predict that Tsitsipas will win it.

I have been at three Olympics and I have seen how passionate the Greek players and fans are. I will go for an upset there. I am sure there will be adjustments made in players' schedule with it being an Olympic year. The players are always very aware of their schedule and as they get older it is important to manage that."

Predicting the year-end No. 1 rankings position, Henman concluded: "I think Djokovic will finish number one. He is the most consistent player. It's a 52-week race and he can play on all surfaces."