‘Novak Djokovic had his psyche cracked by Spaniard,’ says former coach Boris Becker

Boris Becker believes that Novak Djokovic may be suffering from a ‘cracked psyche’ after his Roland Garros quarterfinal match with Pablo Carreno Busta.

Djokovic lost his first set of the tournament to the Spaniard amid struggles with neck and shoulder injuries.

And, while Becker, who used to coach the Serb, is worried about him physically, he also questions what kind if a mental place Djokovic is currently in.

“It’s fascinating how Novak Djokovic has contested this year,” Becker told Eurosport Germany.

“He won all matches except his disqualification in New York. The question is, how well is he recovering from the exhausting quarter-final against Carreno-Busta?

“The shoulder, the back, the elbow hurt. I think that his psyche was also cracked.

“Nevertheless, I believe that he can use his experience in a Grand Slam semi-final.”

For Becker, there remains one clear favourite to win the competition ahead of the semi-finals.

“For me, the number one is clearly Rafael Nadal. But that was already clear before the tournament, he was always the favourite.

“He won the tournament 12 times, played 100 matches at Roland-Garros and has won 98 times. Unimaginable statistics!

“The tournament has shown that he is in dazzling shape and the quarter-final against Jannik Sinner convinced me.”

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