Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic ‘taken by surprise’ after Wimbledon

John McEnroe doubts Federer’s chances of winning Wimbledon

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Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will be surprised by the rapid ascension of some of the next generation of men’s players, according to Boris Becker. Federer, 39, struggled to make an impression at Wimbledon and is now in the twilight of his career.

Becker believes the likes of Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem and Denis Shapovalov could all make a big impact imminently.

Djokovic won Wimbledon after beating Italian Matteo Berrettini in the final in four sets.

The Serbian is on track for a calendar Grand Slam and could also add Olympic gold in Tokyo to underline his credentials as the best ever.

Becker believes things are about to shift in the men’s tennis landscape though.

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“There is a hesitancy on my part to suggest what he should do because one thing I learned is that in tennis you are ultimately on your own,” Becker said.

“You can be supported and have all the off-court help but the sport puts you in the situation where you are alone out there.

“It is mentally very challenging and only he will know how losing that 6-0 set really felt.

“I have the feeling that he (Roger Federer) will not be back at Wimbledon this time next summer after what happened this week, which I think will have been a shock to him.

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“Not just to Roger, because the pace of change at the top of the men’s game has been rapid this year, and it will have taken Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal by surprise, if for different reasons.”

Federer has since pulled out of the Tokyo Olympics as he continues to look after his body to maximise his future potential.

The tennis legend took to social media to explain his decision.

He explained: “During the grass-court season, I unfortunately experienced a setback with my knee, and have accepted that I must withdraw from the Tokyo Olympic Games.

“I am greatly disappointed, as it has been an honour and highlight of my career each time I have represented Switzerland.

“I have already begun rehabilitation in the hopes of returning to the tour later this summer.

“I wish the entire Swiss team the best of luck and I will be rooting hard from a far. As always Hopp Schwiz!”

Federer underwent two knee surgeries in 2020 and is clearly making sure he doesn’t overdo it to maximise the time he has left in his career.

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