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Novak Djokovic hires Boris Becker as coach

Novak Djokovic has appointed six-time Grand Slam winner Boris Becker as his head coach, the Serbian announced Wednesday.

The currently world No. 2 Djokovic will have Becker with him when he embarks on a defense of his Australian Open title next month. The Serbian star has won the last three Aussie Open crowns.

Since retiring, Becker has followed the game as an announcer, but he has no experience coaching a top player.

The last two high-profile hires of former Grand Slam champions came from two people who very clearly needed a change and a boost. When Andy Murray hired Ivan Lendl at the end of 2011, he had stalled out trying to break through to win his first major and was the odd man out from the ATP’s Big Three. This past summer, when Maria Sharapova surprisingly hired Jimmy Connors after Wimbledon, she was coachless and looking for someone to fill that role.

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Djokovic is a six-time Grand Slam champion, but hasn't captured a major title outside of Melbourne since 2011. Becker, like Djokovic, also captured six Slams when he starred on the ATP World Tour in the 1980s and '90s.

"I am really excited to have the opportunity to work with Boris," Djokovic said on his website. "He is a true legend, someone who has great tennis knowledge and his experience will help me win new trophies from the Grand Slams and other tournaments. Becker is a great person, too, and I am sure he will fit in our team in the best possible way.

"My goal for 2014 is to play my best tennis and to get in shape for the Grand Slams and Masters 1000. These tournaments have the most weight in our sport, and I want to prove my worth at them. The team is now strengthened and we hope for maximum results."


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