Boris Becker and Wimbledon go way back in time. The 1985 Wimbledon became the platform that introduced Boris Becker to the world when the 17-year old wildcard entrant became the then youngest Grand Slam winner and the first German to win the Wimbledon Championships.
Becker came back at the 1986 Wimbledon to successfully defend his title and then won his 3rd and last Wimbledon at the 1989 Wimbledon. Across his career where he won 6 Grand Slams, the Wimbledon remained Becker’s most successful Slam where he won the title thrice along with two Australian Open titles in 1991 and 1996 and a solitary US Open title in 1989.
Speaking about 8-time Wimbledon winner Roger Federer‘s exit from the quarter-final of the Wimbledon 2021 where the Swiss was defeated 3-6, 6-7(7), 0-6 to 24-year old Polish star Hubert Hurkacz, Becker shared the pain of fan-favourite Federer’s bitter exit. “I don’t want to see him lose his last set at Wimbledon 6-0,” said Boris hoping Roger returns to Wimbledon again.
Roger Federer continues his hunt for 21st Grand Slam since 2018
Federer’s 0-6 set defeat which is often termed as ‘Bagel‘ in tennis, was the 6th such occasion when Federer failed to win a single game in the entire set. This was also only the 2nd occasion since the turn of the century when Federer was bageled and only for the 2nd time he was beaten on Grass like that.
Roger became the first male player to win 20 Grand Slams when he won the 2018 Australian Open title but failed to win another Grand Slam after that. He came close at the 2019 Wimbledon where he reached the finals but was defeated by Novak Djokovic.
Since then, his old foe and friend Rafael Nadal has also won 20 Grand Slams while Djokovic is on 19 Grand Slams going into the semi-finals of the Wimbledon 2021. Novak could make it 20 Grand Slams if he is able to win his third consecutive Wimbledon title at the Wimbledon 2021 which would also be his 3rd Grand Slam of the year.
Federer’s defeat was certainly a thorn in the heart of his fans who wanted him to win another Wimbledon title and Becker did share a similar sentiment and will be hoping to see the 39-year old back at the All-England Club next year.
Federer was confirmed in the Swiss tennis team for the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics giving his fans the good news of seeing their favourite star back in action on the court.