Djokovic call sur­prised Boris

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BORIS BECKER said No­vak Djokovic ap­proached him to be­come his coach the day the Serb lost the world No 1 rank­ing to Spa­niard Rafa Nadal in Oc­to­ber this year.

Djokovic’s an­nounce­ment this week that the Ger­man six-time Grand Slam ten­nis cham­pion was to be­come his coach was greeted with sur­prise and Becker him­self said it had been un­ex­pected.

“I was ap­proached by No­vak and his man­ager while he was play­ing in Bei­jing,” Becker said yes­ter­day.

“He de­cided he needed some­body in his cor­ner that had been there and done it.

“I was sur­prised – I didn’t ex­pect the phone call. I was very hon­oured.”

Mar­ian Va­jda, who has been 26year-old Djokovic’s coach for each of his six Ma­jor cham­pi­onships, will con­tinue as part of the team but Becker is set to as­sume head coach re­spon­si­bil­i­ties at the forth­com­ing Aus­tralian Open which starts on Jan­uary 13.

It will be Becker’s first foray into coach­ing a top-level player and he said he would put 100 per­cent into it.

“This isn’t a half-hearted job, it wouldn’t be right for him or for me,” Becker said.

“You’re in it to win it. You ei­ther go at it fully or you don’t – ei­ther I com­mit my­self or I don’t com­mit my­self.”

Becker joins another for­mer world No 1 and mul­ti­ple Grand Slam win­ner Ivan Lendl in the coach­ing cir­cle af­ter the Czech-born Amer­i­can teamed up with Andy Mur­ray at the start of 2012 and has since guided the Bri­tish player to two Ma­jor crowns. – Reuters

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