Boris Becker, the all-time great tennis player out of Germany, the man who turned grass diving into an art form that produced Wimbledon victories in 1985, 1986 and 1989, had some thoughts to add to the results of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships.
Becker has been a coach for Novak Djokovic in the past and Becker wrote of how Djokovic can return to the level he occupied in 2015 and 2016, when it seemed that he could not be beaten.
Becker thinks that Djokovic should have had the surgery on his problematic right elbow earlier, but that the six month Djokovic took away from the game to recover might have been a blessing in disguise.
Becker said the time away was necessary, because prior, Djokovic had played non-stop for more than 10 years.
Becker’s role as a Djokovic mentor seemed simple enough: have him focus on Federer and Nadal, the only real obstacles between Djokovic and more Grand Slam titles.
Djokovic is into the Wimbledon semifinals, beating the man who dismissed Nick Kyrgios, Ken Nishikori of Japan, 6 – 3, 3 – 6, 6 – 2, 6 – 2.
It will be his 32nd Slam semifinal and first since the 2016 French Open, which he won to complete his career Grand Slam.
He will face the winner of the Rafael Nadal – Juan Del Porto match, which as this is being written is in progress, with Nadal holding one set, Del Porto holding one and the third set looking as though it could go either way.
Djokovic had some issues with the umpiring of the match with Nishikori. He was issued a warning for spearing his racquet into the court during the second set, of which he said, “It didn’t harm the grass. Kei did the same in the fourth set but wasn’t warned.”
Djokovic has an on-court reputation for being fierce and seeking any advantage, so even in victory, he is apt to complain if he feels he is being unjustly treated.