As remarkable an achievement as it is, Rafael Nadal’s 12th French Open triumph on Sunday also came with a sobering reminder. There remains a concerning lack of challenge to the ageing big three at the sports biggest tournaments.
“As much as I respect Roger, Rafa and Novak, young players should show up,” Becker added. “Eventually, they will be too old, but you want to see the passing of the torch while they are still in their prime.
“There’s a certain mentality that they (younger players) don’t have, that the three others do have. It’s not the forehands, it’s not the fitness. It’s mindset (and) attitude that makes the difference between winning and losing.”