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“Nadal can’t rule Paris forever” – Becker gives predictions ahead of Djokovic clash

Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts in his match against Dominic Thiem of Austria during the 'A Day at the Drive' exhibition tournament at Memorial Drive on January 29, 2021 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

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Novak Djokovic is set to take on Rafael Nadal in the French Open semi-final clash. The Serb’s former coach, Boris Becker, has given his predictions ahead of both last four encounters. Eurosport expert Becker gave his prediction on the hotly-anticipated match, plus Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev set to lock horns in the other men’s semi-final on Friday.

“I’m not a clairvoyant, but the top favourite for me remains Nadal, that hasn’t changed,” Becker said. “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.

“Now it’s a mental thing: Who will stay cooler? Who has the greater will?” Becker continued. “Tsitsipas can do everything quite well. I can’t find any weaknesses, especially on clay – whether it’s his serve, groundstrokes or fitness. And he feels comfortable on the big stage.

“I see the two of them fighting for the crown together with Medvedev over the next few years. So this is just the first of many more big matches between Tsitsipas and Zverev.

“For me, Zverev has the most power. When he hits, there’s no stopping him. But he can only do that when he’s relatively close to the baseline and plays a bit more offensively. That’s the difference to all the others who are still in the tournament.

“But he has to do it. In the quarterfinal, he was a bit too passive in my opinion, he played too long rallies. If he acts a little more offensively, a little more risky, maybe he’ll make a few more mistakes, but then he can beat any player in the world.”

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