Tennis: Djokovic thanks fans after breaking record
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Novak Djokovic won a sixth Wimbledon title on Sunday to draw level with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on the list for the most Grand Slam titles. The world No 1 heads into the US Open knowing that victory would see him hold the record outright.
Becker coached Djokovic between 2014 and 2016 during which time the Serb won six of his 20 Grand Slam titles.
The former Wimbledon champion has long been an admirer of Djokovic and believes his success will only spur his great rivals on.
“I think they are liking what they see,” he told BBC Sport.
“It could inspire them to give it one more try. Tennis would love to see all these three players to play the US Open.”
“Incredible, these three champions, they all played great at the same time. Sixty majors divided amongst them, 20, 20 and 20. Who would have thought that?
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“Novak had a good story that when he started coming back on the winning side of the sport he was really inspired by Rafa and Roger and he said they’re the reason he’s still in this game. Kudos to all three players.
Despite his career being littered with success, the world No 1 has not always been able to connect with the majority of tennis fans.
But Becker believes this will soon change.
“He should [win the fans over],” he said.
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“He’s one of the most popular players in the world. Sometimes that doesn’t come across. Sometimes he goes a bit off, does a mistake.
“But nobody is perfect. I’m happy he’s won his sixth. He’s ready for a couple more.
“It’s a mental sport after all. Yes it’s physical and you have to have the right strategy. But mentally it’s exhausting.
“Now it’s equal, I think Novak will go ahead. I heard the good news Rafa is taking a wildcard for the Washington hardcourt tournament so he’s gearing up for the US Open.
“We haven’t heard from Roger, how he’s doing, how’s the knee recovered after Wimbledon. Does he want to continue? Where’s he going to play next?”
The German went on to praise Djokovic’s incredible record in Grand Slam finals.
He added: “The winning percentage is so intimidating. Once he gets to a final, [winning] nine of [last] 10 [Grand Slam finals], is unusual.
“You do lose now and then and his opponents are called Federer, Nadal or Berrettini or Murray. For him to have that winning ratio, that’s the reason he’s got 20.”
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