Re: Boris Backer: Roger Federer could've competed successfully in our era.
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 illustrious 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.
Nadal "Sampras, Ivanisevic match. or one between those kind of players, is not enjoyable. It's not really tennis. it is a few swings of the racquet. For me in the past it was just serve. serve". arrogance.
clay excluded. successive win 0. If grass and a hard are fast. Like Sampras era. Nadal is able to win only with clay. power of defense and muscles. boring ugly. All the surface is slow now.
fake time-out. cheat. gamesmanship. too noisy annoying always. excuse. boycotts threatened. always dissatisfaction cry complaints. dissatisfaction to schedule. selfish two-year ranking. bump to player. ugly protest. always exaggerated appeal of self condition. etc. overrated by fanatic arrogant blind fan