‘I hope for Novak Djokovic and for his family that…’, says ATP legend

Novak Djokovic awoke 340 per week as number one in the world, increasingly far from his pursuers in that classification. The Serbian is already the tennis player who accumulates the longest time in the position of honor and there is no moment in which they can displace him. His triumph at the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon gives him a margin for him to reach the last Grand Slam of the year with the lead in his hands. At the moment he already takes 30 weeks from his main pursuer, which is the Swiss Roger Federer with 310. Although the “express” is still active and is currently sixth in the ranking, the possibility that he will return to the top at 39 years of age is very remote. The third and last place on the podium is occupied by the American Pete Sampras with 286 weeks. Further back on the list are Americans Ivan Lendl and Jimmy Connors, with 270 and 268, respectively. On his part, the Spanish Rafael Nadal is in the sixth historic box with 209 weeks being the leader of the ATP circuit.

Becker comments on Novak Djokovic

In that context, Boris Becker claimed that he knows Novak Djokovic from close quarters so he can vouch for his niceness. The German further stressed that the tennis community should judge Djokovic at par with Federer and Nadal, since the World No. 1 has achieved legendary status just like them. “I know Novak privately and professionally, and I can only say that he is a fine guy,”┬áBecker said while speaking on Eurosport. “A competitor who sometimes misbehaves on the court, but who doesn’t? The public, including the media, really have to get used to the fact that there are not just two, but three [legends], who have great qualities as players and as individuals.” The six-time Slam champion believes that people tend to turn a blind eye towards the “sympathetic” side of Djokovic, but he expressed hope for things to change in the future. “He (Novak Djokovic) publicly stood up for [Stefanos] Tsitsipas [in the toilet break row] after the semifinal against [Alexander] Zverev; he often stands up for other players,” Becker said. “That’s often swept under the rug and no one wants to perceive that in any way. There’s another side to him, and it’s very sympathetic. I hope for him and for his family that he’s finally treated a little more fairly than he has been until now.”