Boris Becker has lavished praise on Novak Djokovic following his win over Alexander Zverev to reach the US Open final.
Djokovic is now one win away from achieving the calendar Grand Slam of Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open.
The world number one said in his post-match interview that the meeting with Daniil Medvedev on Sunday was akin to “the last match of my career.”
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Becker, who worked with the 34-year-old earlier in his career, feels the Serb is correct to place such emphasis on the contest - as it has not been done in the men’s game since Rod Laver in 1969.
“Long live the king!” Eurosport expert Becker said. “He is an incredible guy, an incredible player. It was a special day, a special night.
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“He has the most important match of his life in two days. He's treating it like it's his last match. That's all you can say about it.”
Djokovic will be giving away nine years to his opponent on Sunday, and while he was taken to five sets by Zverev, Medvedev eased past Felix Auger-Aliassime in three.
Becker feels that could count against Djokovic, but expects him to throw everything at his Russian opponent.
“He needs to recover now,” Becker said. “It was very exhausting against Sascha again.
“He is 34 years old, his opponent on Sunday is only 25 - you have to put that all in perspective.
“I think for him it's about the last match of his life - and that's how he'll go in."
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