Becker: 'I respect Nadal, Federer, Djokovic but Next Gen has to show up'

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Becker: 'I respect Nadal, Federer, Djokovic but Next Gen has to show up'

In an interview to The Telegraph, the six-time Major winner Boris Becker commented on the Big Three dominance and the younger players struggling to breakthrough. Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have now won 53 Grand Slam titles.

The German former player said: “As much as I respect Roger, Rafa, Novak – who else? Show up. Give me something I want to talk about. Eventually, they will be too old. But you want to see the passing of the torch while they are still in their prime.

You want to see Stefanos and Dominic beating them when they are still very, very good. There will be a ‘Wow’ moment. But we said the same thing with McEnroe/Connors, Agassi/Sampras. There will be a dip and then the spotlight will be on the young generation to say ‘Who are you? Are you good enough, can you carry the sport, or was it all a bluff?’” Becker added: “There’s a certain mentality that they [the younger players] don’t have yet, that the other three just have.

It’s not the forehands. It’s not fitness. It’s a certain attitude that makes the difference between winning and losing. I was just reading a stat from a colleague that no active player under 28 apart from [Dominic] Thiem” – Nadal’s victim on Sunday – “has been in a grand-slam final.

That is not good. That is not a compliment for anybody under 28. And don’t give me that the others are too good. We should question the quality and attitude of everybody under 28. It just doesn’t make sense”.