Former tennis player Boris Becker of Germany talks during the official opening ceremony of the Doha GOALS Forum in Doha yesterday. The forum aims to create initiatives for global progress through sports. It will end today.
By Armstrong Vas
Doha: Three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker says current world number one Rafael Nadal (pictured right) ‘unbelievable comeback’ from injury has amazed him.
The German who is here for the Doha goals said: “For somebody seriously injured for eight months, coming back and winning titles and reaching No. 1 again you cannot write a book like that. He’s an unbelievable character.”
Terming his style was different to that of Nadal he said the thing common between him and the Spaniard was both of them will never give up without a fight and the foot work.
“I rate him as the biggest competitor out there, with the biggest heart. On my day, I was like that, yes. My footwork wasn’t as good and clay court expertise wasn’t as good, but I was similar in that I was one of the biggest competitor, never giving up
Regarding Roger Federer’s chances of winning a Grand Slam in the near future he said it is going to be tough for the Swiss great. “It is going to be difficult for Roger to win another Grand Slam as long as he keeps playing there’s a chance, but it’s going to be tough,” added Becker who is also an avid football fan.
Becker foresees the chance of Nadal overtaking Federer’s tally of 17 Grand Slams.
“You are judged by the number of tournaments you have won, how many major titles you have won. Nadal is four away from Roger and it’s possible he can surpass him (Federer),” said Becker.
His first venture to Doha was 20 years back.
He was one of the few big names to take part in the first –ever Qatar Open, just two years after the end of the Gulf War
Stefan Edberg and Goran Ivanisevic were some of the top players who were taking part along with Becker.
“I was ranked No.2 when I went I came here to Qatar,” who beat both the former Wimbledon champion to triumph.
“Nobody knew anything about Doha or Qatar back then. Nobody could see some 20 years ago how much it would grow. Nobody could imagine that it would be getting really serious in the world of economics, business and sports,” he added.