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Tennis: Champ Djokovic vindicated over Becker move

Published on Jul 8, 2014 6:10 AM
 
Serbia's Novak Djokovic kisses the winner's trophy after beating Switzerland's Roger Federer in the men's singles final match during the presentation on day thirteen of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 6, 2014. Novak Djokovic admits his second Wimbledon title came as a major relief because it vindicated the decision to hire Boris Becker as his coach. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Novak Djokovic admits his second Wimbledon title came as a major relief because it vindicated the decision to hire Boris Becker as his coach.

Djokovic defeated Roger Federer in five sets in an epic final at the All England Club on Sunday to secure his first major trophy since his surprise decision to appoint three-time Wimbledon champion Becker in December.

The Serb, who had lost his previous three Grand Slam finals, made Becker his main coach, with Marian Vajda, with whom Djokovic had won all six of his major titles, filling in on a part-time basis.

The partnership got off to an inauspicious start when Djokovic failed to win a fourth consecutive Australian Open title, a quarter-final loss to Stan Wawrinka his earliest at a Grand Slam for four seasons.

 
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