Boris Becker reveals what Novak Djokovic will be thinking about Federer-Nadal semi-final
The world No.1 is first up on Friday, taking on Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in the last four, with Federer and Nadal then going head-to-head on grass for the first time since their famous final in 2008.
While Djokovic still needs to win a tough match-up against a player who has had joy against him recently, Becker says hell be very happy with how things have worked out.
Speaking on the BBC, Becker – who used to coach Djokovic – explained: He had a difficult first week, I thought he was not playing as well, but each match he plays, he plays better.
And he just likes the fact that theres a semi-final that may last a couple of hours, while hes playing first on Friday against Bautista Agut. I think his mindset is, “Hmmm, not bad!”
On whether it is a foregone conclusion that Djokovic wins, he continued: Absolutely not. Bautista Agut loves playing Novak. In fact, hes beaten him twice this year – at the beginning of the year and in Miami at the Masters. So hes got his number.
Why? Because Bautista Agut is a great mover himself, hes a very diverse player, he can take out the tempo, he can accelerate, hes not afraid to go long and hes also not afraid – hes a veteran – of big names. So Novaks got to be careful, hes going to give him a good match.