Becker blames Lendl for Zverev failure & names two Wimbledon favourites

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Becker blames Lendl for Zverev failure & names two Wimbledon favourites



Boris Becker is not convinced by Ivan Lendl’s contribution (Picture: Getty Images for BMW)Boris Becker questioned the role of Ivan Lendl in Alexander Zverev’s team amid the German youngster’s latest failure at a Grand Slam.
The Germaan legend has been critical of his compatriot and his fellow Next Gen stars for the lack of breakthrough in the men’s game, with ‘Big Three’ Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal sharing the last 10 Grand Slams between them.
This week’s showing at Wimbledon has been particularly disastrous, with Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Daniil Medvedev, Karen Khachanov and Denis Shapovalov all going out in the opening three rounds.
Becker was disappointed with the performances of the game’s young stars but focused in on Zverev, laying blame at the door at Lendl – Andy Murray’s former coach – for not being ‘properly’ available to mentor the 22-year-old.

Lendl has been a largely absent figure in recent months (Picture: Getty)‘At the start of this week I said nothing would please me more than to see some of the young players in the men’s game contesting the semi-finals or the final,’ Becker wrote in the Daily Mail. ‘My prayers do not seem to have been answered.
‘So many of the likes of Stefanos Tsitsipas, Denis Shapovalov and Alex Zverev have ended up falling short of the hopes we had for them. I am actually going to leave sixth seed Tsitsipas out of it, because he made it to the semis of the Australian Open and, as I mentioned before the tournament, I still think he has a lot to learn about moving on grass.
‘But there is something missing among them as a group, maybe mentorship and mentality. I have a lot of time for Zverev who I know through my work in German tennis, and he has been doing some work with Ivan Lendl.
‘But it did not help that Ivan was not around for the two months before this tournament. You either have your mentor around or you don’t. I do think it is important to surround yourself with people who know what it takes to win a major championship but it needs to be done properly.’

Becker rates Federer’s chances (Picture: Sportswire via Getty Images)Of those who remain in the draw, Becker is expecting Federer and Djokovic to fight it out for the title despite Nadal beating Nick Kyrgios impressively in the second round.
‘Roger made an uncertain start in his opening match against Lloyd Harris, but I am not concerned about that and he remains very much the favourite for me alongside Novak Djokovic,’ Becker added.
‘Since that first set I have been getting the sense that Roger is feeling his game, and he would be ready to play the semi-final now if needs be.’

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