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Boris Becker: Serena Williams certainly deserves the title of G.O.A.T.

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Six-time Grand Slam champion Boris Becker says Serena Williams deserves the title of being the Greatest of all Time on the women’s circuit. 38 year old Serena Williams has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles in her career – one behind the all-time record held by Australia’s Margaret Court.

In an interview to Laureus, Becker says, “Can Serena equal Margaret Court? She is past 30 and she’s become a proud mother. I’m sure she would love to play the US Open this year. They call her the Greatest of all Time on the women’s circuit, and she certainly deserves the title.

“Me, being German, I still think of Steffi Graf as our queen, but Serena is certainly, certainly the greatest. Margaret Court is the most successful. Having said that, back in the day they played three of the four majors on grass, so it was easier if you’re comfortable on grass to win more.

Becker says Serena is capable of winning her 24th major as long as she continues playing. “I’m sure Serena wants to reach 24, I think that’s the reason she’s playing. You know, she’s a role model for all the mothers out there who are professionally involved in sport.

As long as she wants to play, I think she can win. So as long as Serena is good enough to reach a final, she’s good enough to win. “Having said that, the young generation won’t sleep. You know once you are in a final you’re not playing the name, you’re playing the title.

That was Bianca Andreescu at the US Open final or Simone Halep in Wimbledon last year. They didn’t play the name.” Becker has been a member of the Laureus academy since 2000.

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Rafa Nadal and I have had our differences, but he’s an absolute champion,’ says Nick Kyrgios

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Nick Kyrgios admits that he and Rafa Nadal have ‘had their differences’ over the years but he can’t help but admire his achievements.

Nadal won his 20th Grand Slam crown at Roland Garros earlier this month to draw level with Roger Federer in the history books.

Kyrgios has a bit of a storied past when it comes to spats with Nadal, who he once branded ‘super salty’ whilst accusing him of being a bad loser.

Even he, though, can’t deny the Spaniard has achieved something special.

“I wasn’t surprised when I saw Rafa Nadal pretty much easing his way through the draw at the French Open,” Kyrgios told Courtside Huddle.

“That’s his backyard, he loves playing there and he has only lost two matches in his entire career.

“Honestly, in my opinion I don’t think we are going to see anything like that ever again.

“Somebody so dominant on a surface he’s right there with the greatest of all time. You can argue that he is the greatest.’

“You look at Federer, he’s the most dominant player of all time, but in this era it’s actually Rafa. It’s a debate you can have.”

“We had our differences when we played each other. We’re fiery, we’re competitors and are going to go after each other.

“But at the same time I am not going to take anything away from him . He’s an absolute champion and 20 Grand Slam is ridiculous and I don’t think we are ever going to see that again.”

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