Boris Becker: Djokovic is on the level of Messi and Lebron, he is the "king of lions"

Novak Djokovic's former coach compared the tennis player to the biggest names in world sports

by Sededin Dedovic
Boris Becker: Djokovic is on the level of Messi and Lebron, he is the "king of lions"
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Novak Djokovic's former coach, Boris Becker, has compared the Serbian ace to the greatest athletes in the world. Becker, who coached Djokovic to six Grand Slam titles, said that the Novak belongs in the same category as Lionel Messi, LeBron James, and Tom Brady.

"For me, he is the king of lions," Becker said. "We do our best to teach tennis fans what is impossible to teach: what this player has won in 16 or 17 years of his career, and that at 36 he is playing perhaps the best since playing tennis." Djokovic won three Grand Slam tournaments this year and reached the Wimbledon final.

He was also close to a calendar Grand Slam at the age of 36. "These are achievements beyond this planet," Becker said.

Becker also praised Djokovic's mental strength and physical preparation

"Novak played two and a half hours in Paris on Thursday, three hours against Holger Rune on Friday, another three hours against Andrei Rublev the next day...

One would get tired, but Novak kept getting better and then beat the very good Grigor Dimitrov without losing set in the final. Then repeated the same at the Final Masters in Turin." Becker believes that Djokovic's accomplishments should be put in the same context as those of Messi, James, and Brady.

"I want to compare him to Lionel Messi, LeBron James or Tom Brady," Becker said. "For me, that's the category that Novak Djokovic is in, because they all dominate or have dominated during or in the late thirties." He also said that Djokovic's dominance is a valuable lesson for young players.

Boris believes that the greatest young hope of tennis, Carlos Alcaraz, still has a lot to improve in order to continuously achieve top results. "I hope that Djokovic will continue for a long time, because nothing better can happen to young players than to compete at the same level as the most successful player of all time. That's the best lesson in tennis."

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