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‘His days are numbered…’: Boris Becker’s bold retirement statement after Rafael Nadal exits Australian Open

FeaturedSports News'His days are numbered...': Boris Becker's bold retirement statement after Rafael Nadal exits Australian Open

of Spain Rafael Nadal suffered a shock exit from the Australian Open 2023 after losing 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 to American Mackenzie McDonald in the second round of the tournament on Wednesday. Defending champion and No. 1 seed Nadal suffered a hip injury during the straight-sets loss.

Of the three tennis greats Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, Swiss legend Federer hung up his racket last year. And since then, speculation has been rife about the impending retirement of the other two superstars, particularly the 36-year-old Nadal.

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Nadal’s early exit from the Australian Open has prompted tennis legend Boris Becker to issue statements on the former’s chances of bidding farewell to the sport. In an interview on Eurosport Germany’s Matchball Becker show, he said that an injury to Nadal towards the end of his tennis career could hasten his retirement.

“We’ve been talking about a generational change for a long time, and then Nadal came along last year and won not only in Melbourne but also in Paris. The question was: Will he play until he’s 40? I It doesn’t seem like it.” Baker said yesterday was the first step toward his retirement.

“An injury like this is difficult, and at this age, it takes even longer for him to get back into shape. I hope and pray that he recovers quickly and we see him fresh again in Paris. Tails will be seen, but I think his days are numbered,” he added.

The German tennis legend further said that Nadal may not participate in the Australian Open again. Although he remarked that Nadal would like to play the French Open again.

“We talked for a long time about the generational change – we’re seeing it live now. Roger Federer is no longer playing and there are a lot of question marks behind Nadal now.

“I think he would like to play Paris again. But I don’t know if he will play Australia again. So we should celebrate him while we have him,” he concluded.

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