'Far fetched' to think Djokovic can eclipse Federer's Grand Slam record says Becker

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Boris Becker believes it is “far-fetched” to think Novak Djokovic can chase down Roger Federer’s record 17 Grand Slam title haul.

The German, six-time major winner who has coached Djokovic to unprecedented success since joining his team in 2013, insists the two have yet to discuss eclipsing the Swiss’ record – despite Djokovic having defeated Federer, who last won a Slam in 2012, in three consecutive major finals.

“At the moment I think that’s far fetched, it’s not something we talk about,” the three-time Wimbledon champion told Laureus.com, speaking on behalf of his player who has been nominated for the 2016 World Sportsman of the Year Award for the second straight year.


“That’s not on our agenda and quite frankly not our goal. The goal is to play this year as well as possible, win as many tournaments and Grand Slams as we can. And that’s it.”









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Join Unscriptd as tennis great Agassi reveals his other sporting passion...snowboarding!

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Eight-time Grand Slam champion Andre Agassi has revealed that snowboarding is one of his passions and he has come to love the sport more since he is contractually allowed on the slopes now, as opposed to when he was enjoying his trophy-laden tennis career.

In another exclusive Unscriptd video shared with Sport360.com, the Las Vegan legend says ‘snowboarders are just kinda cool cats’ as he explains how he developed an interest and passion in the sport.










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Venus Williams follows Serena in ending Indian Wells boycott

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Forgiving: Venus Williams.

Venus Williams will end her 15-year boycott of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells next week, following in the footsteps of sister Serena who returned to the event last year.

The 35-year-old former world No. 1 has not played the prestigious Californian event since 2001, when she and Serena were booed by sections of the crowd. Her father Richard Williams has long alleged the family was subjected to repeated racial slurs after Venus withdrew from a semi-final against Serena due to a knee injury.

Explaining her decision to return to the tournament in a commentary on The Players’ Tribune website, Williams said the criticism directed at her family had left a lasting mark on her.

“I remember the pain of my knee injury, and how badly I wanted to play in the semis against Serena – before finally accepting that I wouldn’t be able to,” Venus wrote. “I remember the accusations toward me and my sister and our father.

“I remember the crowd’s reaction, as I walked to my seat, during Serena’s match in the final. And I remember how I couldn’t understand why thousands of people would be acting this way – to a 19-year-old and a 20-year-old, trying their best.

“There are certain things where, if you go through them at a certain age, you simply don’t forget them…

“I remember leaving Indian Wells in 2001 feeling like I wasn’t welcome there.”

Venus said she had been prompted to return after seeing the warm reception her sister received last year, when she was given a 57-second standing ovation before her opening match on Stadium Court.

“It was in that moment, seeing Serena welcomed with open arms last year at Indian Wells, that I think I fully and truly realised what being the big sister means,” Venus wrote. “It means that, for all of the things I did first, and all of the times when I paved the way for Serena, the thing I can be most proud of is this time. When Serena paved the way for me.”

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