Novak Djokovic is the one ‘constant’ in tennis and the last of the Big Four standing says Boris Becker although he’s excited watching the young players come through.
Becker says the Big Four of Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray are ‘fading’ and believes the ‘changing of the guard’ is upon us.
However Djokovic dominance is still clear and while the German sees him as a constant he also hopes Murray can get some momentum again on the Tour.
“One constant is that Djokovic is the last man standing from what we used to know as the Big Four,” Becker wrote in his column for the Daily Mail.
“The other three – Andy Murray was once put in that bracket – have lots to contemplate, and the changing of the guard really is upon us.
“In the case of Andy, if I was him I would be looking to play as much as I can until Christmas and then take stock. Only when he gets a run of consistent tournaments can he know properly where he is at.
“You do not get a proper idea playing practice sets and the one way to find out is through matches, assuming his body allows him. By the end of the season he should know whether he wants to continue.”
Djokovic has won eight of the last twelve Grand Slams although he has admitted that he plans to play less tournaments and focus his attention on the majors going forward.
Meanwhile Federer hasn’t won a Slam for over three years since the Australian Open in 2018 and is coming back from a long-lay off due to double knee surgery, and Nadal has chosen to miss two of the last four majors due to fitness issues.
Becker sees this as a sign of the ‘old guard’ slowing down and says although it is sad to see, it is just an inevitable part of the sport.
“While it is sort of melancholy watching the great champions fade it is also exciting seeing the younger players blossom. One thing for sure is that is part of the natural process and you cannot avoid it, no matter what your name is.”
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