Former world No. 1 Boris Becker admits that the decision to take on a new coaching role with Novak Djokovic was a calculated move on the Serb’s part. The world No. 2 has played at a consistent level but has failed to capture three of the four Grand Slam titles, losing twice in the finals (Wimbledon, US Open) and once in the semi-finals (Roland Garros).
“He had a couple of bad losses this year, in finals and semi-finals,” Becker told the BBC. “He is such a winner, he wants to win so badly.”
The frustration continued to mount for Djokovic, as he saw his No. 1 ranking usurped by the returning Rafael Nadal and felt that the time was right to make a drastic change to his camp.
“The fact that Nadal has taken over [the No. 1 ranking] and Murray has moved up a gear, he felt he had been left behind a little bit. I am talking at a really high level here, we’re talking about those five or ten per cent that had maybe been missing for whatever reason.”
Becker, who holds the record for the youngest male Wimbledon champion when he won the title at 17 years of age, also mentioned that a key factor in Djokovic’s decision to hire a high profile coach such as himself is the fantastic relationship between Ivan Lendl and British Andy Murray. It is undeniable that the Czech coach has had an impact on the world no. 4 as Murray, who had lost in three Grand Slam finals, would go on to win his maiden slam title in Flushing Meadows and followed up by making history by becoming the first male singles Wimbledon champion in 77 years.
“He was very impressed with the level of Murray’s relationship [with Lendl] and the comeback of Nadal. He felt he needed someone in his corner who had been there and done it, what he’s trying to do.”