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Tennis: Djokovic to rack Becker's brain for mental gain

Published on Jan 9, 2014 6:00 PM
 
Boris Becker's first priority will be to help Novak Djokovic gain a "mental edge" when the pressure rises at the Grand Slams, the Australian Open champion said in Melbourne on Thursday. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

MELBOURNE (REUTERS) - Boris Becker's first priority will be to help Novak Djokovic gain a "mental edge" when the pressure rises at the Grand Slams, the Australian Open champion said in Melbourne on Thursday.

Djokovic, who will bid for a fourth straight title at Melbourne Park when the tournament gets under way on Monday, announced last month he had hired the six-time Grand Slam-winning German to be his head coach.

The 46-year-old Becker was a keen observer at the invitational Kooyong Classic, where Djokovic prepared for the heat of the year's first Grand Slam with a 7-5, 6-1 exhibition victory over Argentinian world No.42 Juan Monaco played out in steamy conditions.

"I'm really glad and honoured to have Boris in our team as my head coach," Djokovic said in a courtside interview after the sweaty contest at the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club, a former host venue of the Australian Open until 1987.

 
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