‘Nadal can’t rule Paris forever. It’s just a question of time’, says Boris Becker

Boris Becker believes Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev are “almost on a par” with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

The six-time major winner said that Nadal “remains the top favourite” to win the 2021 French Open, but added “successors have to come”.

In the semi-finals of Roland Garros on Friday, Tsitsipas will face Zverev – while Nadal and Djokovic will meet for the 58th time.

“I’m not a clairvoyant, but the top favorite for me remains Nadal, that hasn’t changed. At some point, the successors have to come,” said Eurosport expert Becker.

“Nadal can’t rule Paris forever. I also see that Djokovic can win such a tournament, but Tsitsipas and Zverev are also almost on a par. For me, it’s just a question of time.”

Djokovic leads the overall head-to-head with Nadal 29-28 – though the Spaniard has won seven of the eight meetings at the French Open.

Tsitsipas and Zverev will be facing off for the eighth time – with the Greek having won five of the previous encounters.

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