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Becker: Lockdown can give Murray unlikely advantage

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Tennis great Boris Becker believes that Andy Murray could be the biggest benefactor of the coronavirus lockdown as he looks to make his long-awaited comeback from injury.

Becker believes that while the likes of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are left kicking their heels, Murray can make major strides in shrugging off his problematic hip injury as he looks to cap a remarkable comeback from injury with a fourth grand slam title.

Speaking to Laureus.com, Becker said: "I think Murray will benefit because he isn't fully fit yet after his hip surgery and the long break is actually good for his recovery, so he's not losing ground."

Murray celebrated his 33rd birthday this week by posting footage on his Instagram feed of a return to the court with his older brother Jamie following an easing of lockdown rules.

The extended tour lay-off could also play into the hands of the new generation of players whom Becker has long called upon to stand up and be counted in their quest to dethrone the likes of Federer and Djokovic.

Becker added: "Maybe 2021 will see the breakthrough of the young guns because they will be a year more experienced, and the older players are another year older.

"I would like to see the top three still at their best, and being beaten. I don't want the young generation to take over when the top three won't play any more or are actually too old.

"I want to see a final between a 22-year-old and a 33-year-old. That would be the best thing in tennis. I think it's for the younger generation to step up."

- TEAMtalk media

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