Speaking to media on Sunday in Monte Carlo ahead of the Laureus Awards, the six-time Major winner Boris Becker commented on Roger Federer's chances to still triumph at the highest level.
"With Roger Federer nothing is impossible... I would never bet against him. But I’m sure in the next 5 years we’ll talk about the next great players. It’s the way the world works," said Becker.
About Alexander Zverev, the head of German men's tennis added: "He is going in the right direction. We have the world no. 3 Alexander Zverev and with Rudolf Molleker, we also have the best 18-year-old in the world.
But we can do more." Becker did not like Zverev breaking his racket during his fourth-round loss to Milos Raonic at the Australian Open: "But it's a matter of experience. You will learn to keep things under control.
He will deliver a offensive game again." After his loss, Zverev - who will compete at the Mexican Open in Acapulco next - said: "I played bad. The first two sets especially I played horrible. Yeah, I mean, it's just tough to name on one thing.
I didn't serve well, didn't play well from the baseline. Against a quality player like him, it's tough to come back from that." The clay-court season will be particularly important for Zverev. He is defending titles in Munich and Madrid, finals' points in Rome, semi-final points in Monte Carlo and quarter-final points at the French Open.