Rafael Nadal proving he was right to ignore Boris Becker amid red-hot Australian Open form

“With Rafa it will be a bit easier than with Roger.

“There’s no bigger Roger fan than me, but I don’t know how easy it is to make another comeback after knee surgery at almost 41.”

The German legend, himself a winner of six Grand Slam titles, hasn’t allowed his apparent misconception of Nadal’s current prowess to deter him from being outspoken though, lamenting the display of compatriot Alexander Zverev after his defeat in the last 16 to Shapovalov.

Speaking about the display of the no 3 seed, he said: “You can lose and play badly, but you still have to make an effort and leave your soul on the pitch. We missed that today.”

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