Djokovic on Becker: He can help me with aggressive mindset

Sunday, January 12, 2014 /by
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Novak Djokovic says he's been watching some tape of his new coach, Boris Becker, playing matches. The German is a six-time Grand Slam champion. Djokovic said the biggest assistance Becker can give him is with the mental aspect of the game.

“Obviously he's one of the big names in the sport, has won over 60 titles, Grand Slams, No. 1, Davis Cup,” Djokovic said. “I have the utmost respect for what he has achieved in his career. The great serve. Obviously at the time the construction of the point was different. Everything was faster. Served and volleyed many times. But tennis has evolved in a way because of the technology. Now the game is based on the baseline, longer rallies and so forth. Well, I believe with his great volleys, that aggressive kind of mindset also, from that point of view he can help me.”

Djokovic is also still working his longtime coach, Marian Vajda, who has reduced his travel schedule and is not with him in Australia. He admitted that making this coaching change is a bit of a risk.

“Whenever you make a change in life, it's a potential risk, right,” Djokovic said. “How is it going to affect you? But I don't want to think from that perspective. I'm really excited about this cooperation. I'm excited about this partnership that I have with Boris that also has been approved and supported by Marian, who is still in the team.

"Also they have a great communication. All I see is positive results, and hope for that obviously. I cannot predict or promise anything now.”

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