Djokovic seeks edge with Becker

January 09, 2014 13:57:10 UK

Three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic hopes that new head coach Boris Becker will give him the edge needed to make it four in a row at the Australian Open.

Djokovic heads to Melbourne Park hoping to become the first man since Roy Emerson to win the tournament on four successive occasions, having hired German great Becker to bolster his back-up team.

I sincerely hope he can bring that mental edge.

Novak Djokovic

And the Serb, who lost in the final at both Wimbledon and the US Open last year, hopes that Becker can help him overcome the likes of Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray in Australia.

“I’m really glad and honoured to have Boris in our team as my head coach,” Djokovic told reporters.

“I sincerely hope he can bring that mental edge because he recognises the situations that one top player is facing, especially during the Grand Slams – the pressures and expectations and the clutch moments.

“That’s what we’re hoping to work on and improve the most and of course a couple of other elements of my game.”

Djokovic can be backed at 2.00 to win the Australian Open later this month, with Nadal available at 3.25 and Murray 7.00.

Current world number two Djokovic has six Grand Slam titles to his name to date, four of which have come in Australia, with the others victories at both Wimbledon and the US Open in 2011.

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