Boris Becker who was crowned grand slam champion six times rated Serbian Novak Djaokovic as the best clearly for now in the game of lawn tennis and he would be retaining the No.1 spot for a very long time to come.
The former World No. 1 professional tennis player from Germany with an Olympic gold medal in his kitty, youngest-ever winner of the men’s singles title at Wimbledon at the age of 17 with five major indoor championships titles including three ATP Masters World Tour Finals playing eight finals, second all-time to Ivan Lendl, who played nine and one WCT Finals and one Grand Slam Cup said Djokovic has won four of the last five Grand Slams and if he wins the French Open later this year he will become the first player since Rod Laver to win hold all four major titles at the same time.
Djokovic beat Rafa Nadal in five sets in last month’s Australian Open final to retain the title and bring his total number of Grand Slams to five.
The German who also won five Masters 1000 series titles and eight Championship Series titles which made Tennis Magazine put him in 18th place on its list of the 40 greatest tennis players from 1965 to 2005 said he was a bit surprised for Djokovic to defend the title because he thought the competition was tough at a pre-event to the Laureus World Sports Awards.
This year also sees tennis’s top players compete for the gold medal at the Olympic Games in London.
Nadal won the gold in Beijing four years ago and Becker is looking forward to the tournament.
Djokovic,the Serbian professional tennis player who started playing tennis at age 4 has won five Grand Slam singles titles: the 2008, 2011 and 2012 Australian Open, the 2011 Wimbledon Championships, and the 2011 US Open. By winning three Majors in 2011,he has been ranked World No. 1 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) since 4 July 2011.
Djokovic who has been coached since 2006 by a former Slovak tennis player, Marián Vajda became the sixth male player in the open era to win three Majors in a calendar year, the first male player representing Serbia to win a Major singles title and the youngest player in the open era to have reached the semifinals of all four Grand Slam events, separately and consecutively.
He won the Tennis Masters Cup in 2008 and was also on the team which won the 2010 Davis Cup.