Boris Becker, in an interview to the magazine Marca Plus, talked about the difference between Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, and on the background on his collaboration with the current world no.1.
"My idol was Bjorn Borg. I saw him win Wimbledon (the only tournament which was broadcasted on German television) five times. He became my hero, I wanted to be like him, although I never imagined I would be able to win so much", said Becker on his career.
"I had switched from being a tennis player to an unknown phenomenon of the court. That changed my life forever" ,added Becker recalling his first Wimbledon title. The former world no. 1 also said, "I was not a tennis player with a great game of foot or with good technical skills.
I improved over the years. My back was very weak and this meant that I was pretty slow, but I played well tactically. I used my head more than others players. Becker also focused on his decline, saying, "I remember that defeat to Pete Sampras in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon 1997.
At the net I said to him, "I"m officially giving the keys to my former home, because now it"s yours." Pete was the best tennis player I ever dealt with." Talking about the difference in the sport during his time and now, the German said, "In my generation, we enjoyed it more, because every match was important and the competition was open to more players.
Now the court is professionalized, and become more scientific. Tennis is, in addition to my family, the greatest love I"ve ever had." On the new generation, Becker said, "There are a group of players who are knocking at the door, but I think that is close, yet.
They"re closing, of course, but the three players who are at the "top" of the rankings are one more step ahead." IN THE NEXT PAGE, BECKER PRAISES FEDERER, AND REVEALS HOW INITIATED THE COLLABORATION WITH DJOKOVIC!