Former world primary Boris Becker has revealed that he would have liked to play Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal of their prime as each high sportsman desires to check himself in opposition to the very best within the enterprise.
Becker had his rivalries in opposition to the likes of Ivan Lendl and John McEnroe throughout his time, who’ve established themselves as a number of the greatest the sport has ever produced. He additionally made reference to the likes of Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi, who had been those to beat earlier than the flip of the century, following which the Swiss and Nadal took the stage by storm.
“I’d like to have performed on this period. To play Rafa Nadal, to play Roger Federer would have been nice. Each high sportsman desires to check himself in opposition to the very best in no matter he does and clearly, we now have a number of the best gamers ever to play tennis within the sport proper now,” Becker told Tennis 365.
“You wish to take a look at your personal boundaries, see how good you’re. I had some nice rivalries in my day. [Ivan] Lendl and [John] McEnroe weren’t too dangerous on the recreation and the identical goes for [Pete] Sampras and [Andre] Agassi. My nice rival at Wimbledon was at all times Stefan Edberg and I am pleased with the profession I had.”
Federer is aiming to become the oldest world number one in tennis at Rotterdam, beating Andre Agassi’s report. The 36-year-old, on the again of his 20th Grand Slam win on the Australian Open, wants solely to make the semi-finals at Rotterdam to prise the primary spot away from Nadal, who’s recovering from a hip harm and does not play again until Acapulco.
Nonetheless, regardless of his unimaginable profession, Becker believes that the likes of Federer have been helped by the advent of modern racquets, which assist them play photographs that had been in any other case not doable with their wood counterparts again then.
The wood racket made it harder for the participant to hit the ball with accuracy, resulting in extra errors. The German is due to this fact eager for the duo to play with a wood racket for as soon as to see the way it impacts their recreation.
“It makes it tough, for positive. I began with a wood racket and also you merely couldn’t do a number of the issues guys like Federer and Nadal have finished lately utilizing that sort of apparatus,” he added.
“It will not have been doable. So they’d have needed to adapt their kinds. I’d like to see Federer and Nadal play a match with a wood racket and see how they get on.”