The six-time Grand Slam champion Boris Becker gave his verdict on Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic getting dethroned in the year 2021 by the upcoming players. On the contrary, in the women’s game he believes 38-year-old Serena Williams will continue to dominate the sport.
Williams kick-started the season by winning her first title in the fourth decade of her career at Auckland International. It was her first title as a mother. And she’s striving to raise the bar of tennis by hitting the ball harder and harder.
The break is a blessing in disguise for Serena Williams
Within six-months after delivering her daughter Olympia, Williams was back on tour, and a few weeks later she reached the finals of Wimbledon and then the US Open in 2018. In the following year, she successfully defended her finalist spots in both the Slams and was also a finalist at Rogers Cup and simultaneously she was tackling all her injuries.
“On the women’s side Serena Williams will remain competitive and will be still among the favorites. I believe that she will be able to win her 24th Grand Slam title. She is the greatest player of all time. She is a role model for every mother, who continues working even after giving birth to children,” Boris Becker said.
The coronavirus pandemic has certainly given Williams a golden time to work on her game and come back even stronger when the tour resumes. Week by week, the most consistent player on the WTA Tour Serena is becoming better and better. And she is making it tough for the new players to battle against her.
With the Olympics coming up, the year 2021 will be crucial for Serena. As the hunt for her 24th Slam reverie and the desire of another Olympic medal will be her top priorities.
Becker on Andy Murray’s comeback
The German legend Becker feels the unusual tennis break will benefit the three-time Grand Slam champion, Andy Murray. The Brit has been struggling with injuries for a long time now. He’s yet to play a match in 2020.
Nevertheless, in the middle of all the misfortunes and after undergoing a career-threatening injury, Murray beat Stan Wawrinka in the finals of Antwerp and won his comeback title. And during this break, World Number 129 Murray won’t experience rankings drop.
“Andy will have the chance to rest and fully recover from his hip injury problem. He will make his come-back,” Becker said.
Former World Number one Murray is planning to participate in the French Open 2020 if it takes place towards the end the September. But the Scottish professional is skeptical about Roland Garros getting underway this year.