Becker slates younger generation's inability to challenge 'big
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[June 11, 2019]
(Reuters) - Boris Becker says
younger players on the men's tour do not have the right mindset to
challenge the "big three" of Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak
Djokovic in the Grand Slams.
The trio have won every Grand Slam since 2017, with 33-year-old
Nadal claiming the latest title at Roland Garros on Sunday,
dispatching 25-year-old Austrian Dominic Thiem in the final for a
second straight year.
Becker, who won Wimbledon aged 17 and went on to win six Slams, said
it was the mental aspect of the game more than anything that set
Nadal, Federer (37) and Djokovic (32) apart.
"I was just reading a stat that no active player outside the big
three under 28, apart from Thiem, has been in a Grand Slam final,"
Becker, a pundit with Eurosport, said looking ahead to Wimbledon
which begins on July 1.
"That's not good, that's not a compliment for anybody under 28. And
don't give me that 'the others are too good'. We should question the
quality and the attitude of everybody under 28, it just doesn't make
Other players to reach men's Grand Slam finals in the past three
years were Juan Martin del Potro, Kevin Anderson, Marin Cilic and
Stan Wawrinka -- all aged 30 and above.
"As much as I respect Roger, Rafa and Novak, young players should
show up," Becker added. "Eventually, they will be too old, but you
want to see the passing of the torch while they are still in their
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Boris Becker poses as he arrives at the ceremony REUTERS/Eric
"There's a certain mentality that they (younger players) don't have,
that the three others do have. It's not the forehands, it's not the
fitness. It's mindset (and) attitude that makes the difference
between winning and losing."
(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)
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