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Boris Becker : I'm a Federer fan and Roger Federer could've competed successfully in our Serve and Volley Era

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#1 Kishore Sharma

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 01:09 PM

Legendary tennis player Boris Becker on Saturday [17-11-2012 in New Delhi India] rated Roger Federer very highly and said due to his sound technique the Swiss probably could have been the only player to have competed successfully in the "serve and volley" era.

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"I am a very big Federer fan. The reason why Federer is still successful at the age of 31 is because he has got a good technique. He can play from the baseline and when he has to, he can also come to the net more often than other players. I don't think (Rafael) Nadal or (Novak) Djokovic would have been so successful in the era of serve and volley but Federer could have played," Becker added.

Stating that competition used to be different during his time when there were more number of players as compared to the modern era, Becker said, "Today there is just Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and (Andy) Murray. I can't remember anyone else apart from these winning the Grand Slams in recent times.

"(Juan Martin) Del Potro and Murray might have won once or twice. Otherwise it is these three. The competition used to be different at my time."

The 44-year-old Becker, however, said that the biggest change that the game of tennis has witnessed over the years is the kind of "racquets the players use today". Becker refused to name any particular opponent whom he thought was most difficult to face but said he had respect for each and every individual he had played against.

"There were lots who were tough to face. The likes of (John) McEnroe, (Jimmy) Connors, Stefan Edberg, and later Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Jim Courier and Michael Chang. I played against three-four generations of world class players but if you have to get to the final you have to win the first round and then the next. So you have to respect every individual you are playing. On a bad day, you can lose to anyone," insisted Becker.

"I always wanted to have a substantial career and the fact that I was able to play for so long is my biggest achievement. In the late stage of my career, I would say playing against Sampras or Agassi was very rewarding because they were the new kids on the block and doing well against them would give you me a chance to play for another year. Had they been not there I would have stopped earlier," he said.


Becker, however, said that he would always regret missing out on a French Open title during his illustrators career.

"Only regret is, I have never won a French Open. My game wasn't suited for clay. And obviously I would have liked to have 12-13 Grand Slam titles but when you are playing against the big players, it is very difficult," said the legendary German, who has won six Grand Slam titles.

Source: IBN


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Posted 21 November 2012 - 01:12 PM

Here's the video of Boris Backer's full interview video to Gaurav Kalra, sports editor of CNN-IBN..










Boris Becker last month had given an interview to ESPN in which he had answered one of the most difficult questions in Tennis, "Who's the Greatest of All time.". Read the excerpts of that interview here.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 01:15 PM

If you missed Roger Federer's funny interview video with Felipe Andreoli then watch here..

http://www.rogerfedererfans.com/forum/topic/906-legend-or-fact-roger-federers-funny-interview-with-felipe-andreoli/

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 09:25 PM

Hehe what, he wants to improve his comments on Federer??? after Federer fans anger of it.



Boris Becker last month had given an interview to ESPN in which he had answered one of the most difficult questions in Tennis, "Who's the Greatest of All time.". Read the excerpts of that interview here.

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