Bjorn Borg attended the Wimbledon men's singles semi-finals in the Royal Box on Friday and in an interview with Sky Sport Italy, he spoke about today's tennis. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic have all turned 30 and they still keep playing at the highest level.
How is it possible? 'The age changed,' Borg explained. 'It's really difficult to see that you have a 18, 19, 20-year-old winning Grand Slams like it was at my time. Today it takes more time. That's the way tennis has been played today.
It's a long way to go to be a champion in tennis. It's an old sport regarding age. With Roger that is going to be 37, Rafa is up there too. They want to play, they still want to win, and still play unbelievable tennis. This year Roger was a little bit unlucky, he could have won Wimbledon, who knows.
Rafa is still in the semifinals, I am picking him to win The Championships. Another important thing is that Nadal has been injured quite a while, he has been on and off. With Roger, he didn't really have any serious injury.
If you come to that point, that you can survive playing without injuries, you should be very happy and lucky.' Speaking about the importance of rivalries, Borg added: 'I think in tennis it's very important to have rivalries.
I had a rivalry with (John) McEnroe at our time, that was good for tennis because especially you had two different personalities. The quiet one (me), McEnroe was the crazy one. He liked to do things on the court.
Today it's unbelievable. Djokovic, Nadal have been playing many times, it's 26-25 winning matches for Djokovic, same with Federer-Nadal, Federer-Djokovic. That's what makes the sport.' ALSO READ: Roger Federer: 'I get just 15 Uniqlo shirts'