Boris Becker feels Roger Federer is right alongside sporting legends Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan and Pele. The 35-year-old Federer is off to a red-hot 19-1 start in 2017 on the back of Australian Open, Indian Wells and Miami Open titles.
For Becker, Federer's resurgence signals a return to the 'golden era' of tennis. “Everybody starts the year fresh, at zero. You need the first two tournaments to get your confidence back and your feeling for the court,” Becker said.
“In Roger's case he is full of it, while Andy and Novak haven't yet delivered this year. It's much easier to play tennis when you are full of confidence.” Becker further said that Federer deserves to be in the same conversation as the all-time legends of sport.
"I would compare Federer with the likes of Pele, Michael Jordan and Muhammad Ali. He has transcended to a different level," Becker said. "He does something that was called impossible. He attracts millions of new fans who understand what it feels like to get older.
He changes the clock. He plays like a 25 year old and looks like a 25 year old, but in his passport it says 35. It's a beautiful thing.” With Federer saying that he is yet to think about the French Open, Becker feels that it might be a wise move.
“I'm actually doubtful he will play the French. I think he is going to make up his mind very late. Clay is physically very very demanding and it was never his best surface anyway. He has put himself in the perfect position for grass and for Wimbledon, so why should he jeopardise that?” ALSO READ Boris Becker to Novak Djokovic: TIME TO GET BACK TO BUSINESS! (TWEET INSIDE)