Boris Becker lauded Rafael Nadal. Mainly, for the way, he adapted this year to the slower, less sensitive balls at Roland Garros. Nadal was unhappy that the Babolat ball was replaced by a Wilson version for this year’s tournament. Also, describing it as potentially unsafe for players.
So far, though, he has been his usual dominant self in the early rounds. He is still facing a real challenge. Although, Becker believes it is a testament to his ability to adapt.
“In an example of how Rafael Nadal is always prepared to adapt his game. Now, it looks like he has been flattening out his strokes in the early rounds,” Becker wrote on the Daily Mail.
Speaking about this year’s conditions at Roland Garros, German said, His regular heavy spin is not quite productive under the slow balls and circumstances, so he hits through the court more.
He continued, “Before the tournament, he complained about the balls. Yet he and the other two main contenders have just gone about their business once the matches got underway.”
“They All Came Up With Problems”: Boris Becker on Top Players
At this year’s French Open, there have been a few surprises. Mainly in the women’s draw, but Becker believes the top players are proving their credentials.
Boris explained, “They all came up with problems. Firstly, Nadal lost in Rome and was short of matches. Novak Djokovic was weighted down by what happened in New York, and after his life-changing Flushing Meadows victory, Thiem had time off.”
They like to have everything perfect off the courts. However, with the bubble constraints and the weather, they seem to have overlooked irritations that have depressed other players and got on with it.
“Judging by what I have heard from players, the bubble is not as strict as New York. It is nonetheless a very different type of French Open.” To what he added, “On the men’s side, at least it seems the cream will rise to the top, regardless.”
“It would not be a surprise if the four semi-finalists end up being the first, second, third, and fifth seeds, with Stefanos Tsitsipas emerging to meet Djokovic.”, Becker concluded.