The six-time Major winner Boris Becker criticized the next generation. "Before, the semifinals were the expectation. Now they are struggling to reach the second week! They did not even meet the minimal expectation. Tsitsipas beat Federer, reached semis, French Open was good, first round at Wimbledon and US Open.
What happened?", the German said on Eurosport Podcast. Ivan Lendl spoke about players having too big teams around them: "If I were a player and I earned what players do now, I would pay for you all (Becker, Wilander, McEnroe).
Not to tell me to how to play tennis, but I know, but to make me get through the most extreme pressure." Becker finally praised the 2008 Wimbledon final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal: "Well, I said it right on TV after the final that I thought it was -- I saw the best Wimbledon final I've ever seen, and that includes my finals and somebody -- other great finals we all remember.
Why? Because there was so much at stake. Very rarely you see two players fighting for the No. 1 spot, fighting for history, fighting for something that usually doesn't happen every year. I think that was such a unique situation at the Wimbledon final.
Again, the match altogether, two sets to love, Federer is coming back, the rain breaks, the 9-7 in the fifth set, it was just so outstanding. The quality of play wasn't really because somebody was playing worse, it was winner after winner after winner from both players, and that's why it was such a great final."