Impossible to call who dominates tennis out of Alcaraz or Sinner says Boris Becker

Tuesday, 25 June 2024 at 15:40
Even as he trains quietly and prepares for the Olympics, away from Wimbledon, Rafael Nadal's name is on everyone's lips. This week, tennis legends like Boris Becker, Tommy Haas and Toni Nadal gathered in Spain to inaugurate the ATP 250 tournament in Mallorca. It was a unique opportunity to talk about the end of Rafael Nadal's career and the indelible mark he will leave on tennis, especially on clay.
Former German champion Boris Becker highlighted the uniqueness of the career of Nadal, 14-time winner of the French Open. Becker was emphatic in stating: "For me, it is clear that Nadal will never be equaled. He is the greatest clay-court player of all time. He has won the French Open 14 times. We can clearly say, at least for me, that there will never be anyone like him. On clay, Nadal is something beyond and it will be a long time before we see someone like him."
The conversation was not limited to Nadal's exploits. Becker also offered his thoughts on the present and future of tennis, focusing on young talents Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner, both of whom have won the first two Grand Slams of the season. Becker, however, finds it difficult to compare them. "It's impossible to say which of the two players will dominate tennis in the coming years. At 22 and 21, both are under pressure. If we compare them with Federer, Nadal and Djokovic, they would have to play 15 more years. Maybe then we will know who is the best in five years, because they will evolve and new players and rivals will emerge."
The meteoric rise of Alcaraz and Sinner has captured the attention of the tennis world. Both players have demonstrated extraordinary talent and steely determination, essential qualities for competing at the highest level. However, as Becker pointed out, the longevity and consistency of legends such as Federer, Nadal and Djokovic set an extremely high standard.
In the context of the ATP 250 in Mallorca, these reflections highlight not only the admiration and respect for Nadal, but also the anticipation and interest in the future of men's tennis. With young talents like Alcaraz and Sinner emerging on the scene, the legacy of the greats continues to inspire new generations. It will be fascinating to see how this new era of tennis unfolds and what new chapters will be written in the coming years.

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