Boris Becker gave a harsh opinion on Roger Federer, and expressed his concerns regarding his competitiveness.
The six-time Grand Slam champion has seen a lot of tennis stars come and go, but he along with everyone else knows Federer is not like any other player. He is one of the greatest ever to pick up a racquet, but he is also approaching the twilight years of his career.
Time waits for no one, and certainly not for any sportsperson. Age is something that catches up with the best of the best, and the German thinks it is knocking on the Swiss’ door.
Becker gave a harsh opinion on Federer, and said that he doesn’t think the 20-time Grand Slam winner will be able to keep up with the young guns anymore.
“I would love to see Roger Federer on the ATP Tour,” he said, as quoted by Tennis World USA.
“We are talking about an absolute icon of tennis and sport in general. Although we would all be delighted to see him again on the pitch, it must be admitted that it will be hard for him to be competitive again after such a long stop.”
Can’t reach that level
Mats Wilander agreed with Becker, and said that while no one can put it past Federer to return with a bang, the logical conclusion would be to rule out seeing him in a Grand Slam final.
“I don’t think it’s impossible for Roger to come back. He himself has reiterated this on more than one occasion, so it would be surprising if he doesn’t get back on the tour,” he said.
“If he comes back in good shape, he can still play three or four big fights, but I doubt we’ll ever see him again in a Grand Slam final. Federer has his enormous wealth of experience, but I’m not sure if it’s enough to get the better of Alexander Zverev or Daniil Medvedev at 40-41 years old.”