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Boris Becker warns Novak Djokovic that he ‘won’t walk’ Wimbledon as he chases Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal record


Boris Becker has warned Novak Djokovic now to underestimate his Wimbledon rivals (Pictures: Getty)

Boris Becker has warned Novak Djokovic that he ‘won’t walk’ Wimbledon as he bids to win a record-equalling 20th Grand Slam title.

Djokovic, 34, dropped just one set in his first four matches at the All England Club and faces Hungarian Marton Fucsovics in the quarter-final on Wednesday.

The Serbian legend has won five of his 19 major titles at Wimbledon and will join Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on 20 Grand Slams if he wins in SW19 this week.

Djokovic, who won the Australian Open and French Open earlier this year, has looked in imperious form over the past eight days but Becker says several other players in the draw should not be ‘underestimated’.

Following Djokovic’s meeting with Fucsovics on Wednesday, Federer faces Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz while, on Court One, Karen Khachanov takes on Denis Shapovalov and Matteo Berrettini meets Felix Auger Aliassime.

German tennis legend Becker, who coached Djokovic for three years, told the BBC: ‘Novak won’t walk it.

‘Some of the men left in the draw are being underestimated, and Djokovic has another opponent that should not be discounted – history.

‘The nearer he gets to the final and a possible 20th Grand Slam title, the more this pressure will build and the more he will be reminded of it.’

Djokovic – who won Wimbledon in 2011, 2014, 2015, 2018 and 2019 – declared himself ‘very confident’ after his emphatic fourth-round victory over Cristian Garin.

‘I am very delighted,” he said in his on-court interview. ‘Also delighted to see more fans on the Centre Court today.

‘Pleasure to see you all. Thank you for coming. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

‘It’s tough to recall the first time I played here. I can recall that this court has also evoked the most special feeling, butterflies, nervousness that any court can evoke in a player.’

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