“People Forget Sometimes”- Boris Becker Hits Back at Alexander Zverev’s Grand Slam Criticism



World number seven Alexander Zverev has now qualified for his second Grand Slam semifinals at the US Open 2020. Besides, Martina Navratolina and some of them have predicted the 23-years-old might not win a Grand Slam title. However, former world number one and multiple majors winner Boris Becker believes that his compatriot will have many chances to win on the same. 

In the ongoing New York major quarterfinals, the fifth-seeded Alexander Zverev lost his first set(1- 6) to 27th Seeded Borna Coric. However, the German eventually overcame the Croatian by a score of (1-6, 7-6, 7-6, 6-3). Followed by, a few tennis analysts made comments over Zverev’s on-court performance. 


In particular, multiple Grand Slam Champion Martina Navratolina said, “He(Zverev) will not be able to win against the top players playing the way he did today. You won’t beat the top players that way because they will be fired up and they’re too good for that. You can’t just play pat-a-cake.” 

“He(Zverev) Will Have a Number of Chances to Win in Grand Slams”- Boris Becker

However, 1989 US Open Champion Boris Becker has becked his countryman and replied to Grand Slam critics. The 52-years-old also believes that his fellow player has a chance to win a title at the ongoing US Open as well. 

Boris Becker

The six-time Grand Slam winner Boris Becker said, “I’m not surprised by his development. I’m just surprised that so many so-called experts always said that he never had a chance to win a grand slam, maybe they will bite their tongues now. It’s certainly a chance for him but everybody else that’s left in the tournament.” 

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Additionally, the tennis hall of fame member added, “People forget sometimes, he’s only 23, he’s still a very young player and he will develop and mature nicely, and he will have a number of chances to win in Grand Slams and he could start right here at the US Open, but I think every Grand Slam he’ll play now he is good to go.”


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