Pilic on Djokovic hiring Becker: ‘A surprise’

by: Matt Cronin December 19, 2013

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Notable coach Niki Pilic weighs in on Novak Djokovic’s hiring of former Wimbledon champion Boris Becker as his new coach.

"Different personalities, that's for sure,” Pilic told the Serbian website B92. “We have to wait and see what will happen — maybe he can offer him some good advice, who knows? Becker was No. 1 first in the world. For me this is a surprise, but it might turn out well."

Serbian Davis Cup captain Bogdan Obradovic called it a ‘sensitive moment’ because Djokovic positioned himself at the end of 2013 to retake the world No. 1 ranking from Rafael Nadal.

"On the one hand it can be a positive because Becker is motivated to do something on this front," Obradovic said. “[Former No. 1 Ivan] Lendl works as a coach, and has made good results with Andy [Murray]. This combination is very positive for me; it will be very interesting to see how it will unfold. It will be a huge challenge for the whole team of people around Novak.”

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