Novak Djokovic’s 24th Grand Slam win at the US Open left tennis fans “speechless”, says Boris Becker, who believes the Serbian’s longevity is all the more remarkable because he “doesn’t have to prove anything”.
That feat saw him equal Margaret Court as the tennis player with the most Slam wins, and he shows no signs of letting up despite the emergence of two-time major champion Carlos Alcaraz.
“There is nothing that surprises me about Novak Djokovic anymore,” Becker told Eurosport Germany’s podcast ‘Das Gelbe vom Ball’.
“But that at 36 he still has the motivation, that he has the desire, that he has the leisure and invests the time…I mean, he doesn’t have to prove anything to anyone anymore.
“Now he has reached Margaret Court with 24 Grand Slam titles and is the oldest Grand Slam winner. That’s quite extraordinary.
“A few years ago, I thought that such records could not be broken at all, because at some point you are physically and mentally too old for competitive sports.
“But there again, Novak Djokovic is pushing the limits. I think all of us who love tennis, who also respect him, are a bit speechless.”
Becker was Djokovic’s coach between 2014 and 2016, a period in which he won six Grand Slams and 14 ATP Masters 1000 titles.