Sport Rafael Nadal's 'physicality' the reason behind his injuries as Boris Becker assesses his legacy

14:41  13 february  2018
14:41  13 february  2018 Source:   International Business Times

Boris Becker explains his reason for wanting to play Federer and Nadal

  Boris Becker explains his reason for wanting to play Federer and Nadal Becker believes that every top sportsman in the sport wants to test himself against the best in the business. Becker had his rivalries against the likes of Ivan Lendl and John McEnroe during his time, who have established themselves as some of the best the game has ever produced. He also made reference to the likes of Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi, who were the ones to beat before the turn of the century, following which the Swiss and Nadal took the stage by storm."I would love to have played in this era. To play Rafa Nadal, to play Roger Federer would have been great.

When he has been out injured , his style and personality is truly missed. The trouble for him is that so much of the way he plays is based around his physicality and that is why he has had so many injuries .” By Kevin Palmer. * Boris Becker spoke to Tennis365 in association with Sky Sports.

Roger Federer: Rafael Nadal ' s injury woes have cost him, says Boris Becker . “The trouble for him is that so much of the way he plays is based around his physicality and that is why he has had so many injuries .”

Rafael Nadal © Getty Rafael Nadal

Former world number one Boris Becker believes the reason behind Rafael Nadal's various injuries is his style of play as he assessed the Spaniard's tennis legacy.

Nadal is one of the most successful players in the history of the sport with 16 Grand Slams to his name, four behind Roger Federer's record tally of 20 in the Open Era.

The 31-year-old notably made a name for himself on clay with his first Grand Slam title coming as a teenager in the 2005 French Open.

Nadal would go on to win another nine titles at Roland Garros, with a record 10th crown coming last year during his career resurgence that saw him win a total of six titles and become world number one again for the first time since 2014.

Federer the greatest ever? He would lose to McEnroe and Borg – Becker

  Federer the greatest ever? He would lose to McEnroe and Borg – Becker Six-time major winner Boris Becker questioned Roger Federer's standing among some of the past greats, despite his remarkable trophy haul.He is a 20-time grand slam champion but Boris Becker does not believe Roger Federer would be able to beat John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg in their prime.

At 17, he became the youngest male to reach the third round at Wimbledon since Boris Becker . Despite enduring shoulder and foot injuries , Nadal won his second straight French Open and added four more titles in 2006.

Nadal injured his back in the warmup and fell to Swiss Stan Wawrinka in four sets in Melbourne. This year was bittersweet for Rafael Nadal , who won another major but suffered more injuries . As a player he was as fiery as his hair -- and as Novak Djokovic' s coach, Boris Becker says he has to

"[Nadal is] certainly the greatest clay court player of all-time and one of the most popular players of all-time," Becker told Tennis 365.

However, despite his success, a major blight throughout his career has been the number of injuries he has suffered. Having suffered injuries to his back, knees and wrist, Nadal may have been even more successful if he was fully fit for majority of his career.

Nadal notably pulled out of the ATP Finals in London in November of last year due to a knee problem. He returned at the Australian Open last month but again had to withdraw from his quarter-final clash with Marin Cilic due to a leg injury.

Becker cites the 16-time Grand Slam champion's aggressive style of play and physicality as the reason behind his various setbacks.

"When he has been out injured, his style and personality is truly missed," Becker added.

"The trouble for him is that so much of the way he plays is based around his physicality and that is why he has had so many injuries."

Nadal though, expects to feature in the upcoming Mexican Open in Acapulco that begins on 26 February.

"It's a small injury that needs time and rest and recovery, and that's what we're doing," Nadal said after winning Spanish male athlete of the year for 2017.

"For the moment my schedule is the same and I think I'll be able to travel to Mexico to play at Acapulco."

Becker explains how Borg and McEnroe had it more difficult than Federer and Nadal .
Boris Becker says current players have the advantage of better rackets.The likes of Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe did not have the benefit of these new technical rackets and made their way up the ladder using a wooden racket. The wooden racket made it more difficult for the player to hit the ball with accuracy, leading to more mistakes and they would have had to adapt their game to match the current generation.

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