Tennis’ younger players have come under fire from legendary German Boris Becker for failing to win a Grand Slam tournament. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have dominated the biggest events, amassing 56 trophies between them.
The Big Three’s stronghold is expected to continue again this year despite each of them coming towards the latter stages of their career.
Federer, Nadal and Djokovic still occupy the top three places in the world rankings.
And Djokovic won the Australian Open title earlier this month to keep the Next Gen stars waiting even longer for Grand Slam success.
Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev are among those who have long been tipped to rise to the top of the game.
But Becker is concerned that they have not yet stamped their mark on the biggest stage of them all.
“We want the younger generation to pick up the pieces and it’s happening, it’s a process. Dominic Thiem pushed Novak Djokovic to five sets in Australia,” Becker told Indian press at the Laureus Awards.
“There are a few talented players out there but the top-three are still good. It’s easy to hide behind Federer, Nadal and Djokovic because they are so good that nobody is going to criticise you for losing to them. That’s something you can take as an excuse sometimes.
“It’s time that somebody tells the young players to start winning the majors because they are good enough.
“He is very careful about how he leads his life, what he eats. He’s very much into yoga for concentration. It’s important for him.
“Physically, he is a unique player and it does not happen overnight. You have to work for it.
“And what is fascinating for me is that he is still very hungry. He has won so much but wants more.”