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Boris Becker fears for Rafael Nadal's tennis career

Boris Becker fears for Rafael Nadal's tennis career

Boris Becker thinks that Rafael Nadal is facing the end of his tennis career.

The Spanish legend's hopes of defending the Australian Open title were ruined by a hip injury as he bowed out early in Melbourne and Becker thinks that the defeat could mark the beginning of the end for the 22-time Grand Slam winner.

The Eurosport pundit said: "We've been talking about the change of generation for a long time, and then Nadal comes along last year and wins not only in Melbourne but also Paris.

"The question was: Will he play until he's 40? I don't think so.

"An injury like that is hard, and at this age, it takes even longer to get back into shape. I hope and pray that he will get well soon and that we will see him looking fresh again in Paris at the latest, but I think his days are numbered."

Becker says it would be a huge loss for tennis if Nadal did not play again but the German great thinks there is still some life in the star.

The six-time major winner said: "He is not only a tennis legend, he is a sports legend. He is one of the most important sportsmen of the last 25 years. He has changed tennis and made it even more popular in his home country of Spain.

"He can become the president if he wants to. I think there would be a big gap if Rafa doesn't play anymore, but I think he will pick up a racquet again.

"The clay court season will be his priority. If he is fit, he is still my favourite for the French Open, but even Rafael Nadal gets older eventually."

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