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Becker calls for Djokovic's re-commitment to training

Becker: Novak Djokovic didn't spend enough time on practice court | TENNIS.com

Becker talks about the split and calls for Djokovic to recommit to training.

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Boris Becker is calling for Novak Djokovic to recommit to training, following a recent announcement that the two will stop working together.

Becker joined Djokovic's team three years ago, with the Serb winning six Slams during their partnership and returning to No. 1 in the world. But Djokovic has now dropped to No. 2, winning just one title since the French Open, and in the final months of their partnership, Becker attended fewer of his player’s tournaments. Djokovic, who is also coached by Marian Vajda, would have multiple coaches in his box.

Though he described the split as “mutual,”—just as Djokovic did—Becker termed the second half of the season "challenging on many levels," and suggested that Djokovic had not been practicing as much as he previously did.

"Our hands were tied a little bit because we couldn't do the work we wanted to do," he told*Sky Sports. "He didn't spend as much time on the practice court in the last six months as he should have, and he knows that ...Success like this doesn't happen by pushing a button. Success like this doesn't just happen by showing up at a tournament. You have to work your bottom off because the opposition does the same."

But Becker*also spoke of their "unbelievable ride" together, and said the drop-off could motivate Djokovic again.

"I'm convinced ... that he will come back and regain that No. 1 position, and regain being the most dominant player in his sport," he said. “But he has got to go back to work. He has to go back to the office and practice these hours, and refocus on what made him strong in the first place."

The German former No. 1 spoke in general terms about what Djokovic has described as "private issues" that affected his performance.

"I don't know if he had any personal problems based on what I know," said Becker. "He is happily married. He has got a beautiful son. But the profession of a tennis player is probably the most selfish one in sports because it has to be about you, and he is the first to say he is a family man. So of course his wife and the rest of his family had to take back seats."

"That can't be forever, and I think that is what he meant. I don't think there were problems. I have met his wife—she is lovely and very, very supportive of her husband. But they don't spend enough time together. I had it too, 20 years ago. It is just the nature of the beast, being a tennis player."

Before coaching Djokovic, Becker worked as a television commentator.
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Interesting read. Thanks for this.
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Was anybody under the impression that Novak was training as hard as he normally does in the second half of the year?

Boris is not saying anything new.

Why the media decided to make this the narrative of the day is beyond me: it only diminishes Murray's achievement in passing Novak.

Novak was injured (although of course nobody must mention it, in spite of Boris having talked about it as well), he had family problems, he was in a cult, and on top of that, he was not practicing. And with all that help, Murray required his best tennis ever to pass this ghost by 630 points.

I'm just adding 2 and 2 together. Reading the media articles available.

My advise to the press: if you want to elevate Murray, you have to elevate Novak as well, so that beating Novak looks like an achievement.
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Re: Becker calls for Djokovic's re-commitment to training

Novak has achieved his life long goal so it's natural that he isn't as motivated as before to put in the hard work. I don't blame him.
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Novak has achieved his life long goal so it's natural that he isn't as motivated as before to put in the hard work. I don't blame him.
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Was anybody under the impression that Novak was training as hard as he normally does in the second half of the year?

Boris is not saying anything new.

Why the media decided to make this the narrative of the day is beyond me: it only diminishes Murray's achievement in passing Novak.
Djokovic's achievement is also diminished a lot when the media says Roger is old, Rafa is injured.

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Djokovic's achievement is also diminished a lot when the media says Roger is old, Rafa is injured.

Just watch what is going to happen next year. BBecker should not talk for his player like that in public.
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Novak has nothing left to prove, he has achieved everything in the game so it's natural that his drive will not be the same from now. I don't see him going on into his mid thirties like Fed.
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Novak has nothing left to prove, he has achieved everything in the game so it's natural that his drive will not be the same from now. I don't see him going on into his mid thirties like Fed.
He has not achieved everything in the game, there are still many records to go after. I see him playing untill 33-34 years of age.
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Add "not training enough" to the list of the excuses. These lot make Nadal look like a saint.
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Unfortunately that's the life of a professional athlete. The family always takes a back seat. Hockey is quite different form tennis in that it's a team game and they have an actual offseason, but Mats Sundin said it was the reason he didn't want to start a family until he was retired (which is what he did)

It is very hard on the athletes that are family oriented as well as Djokovic appears to be. I was just on a vacation, a week away from my boys and by the end of it I was missing them and couldn't wait to see them once we got home, I can't imagine being away from them for a good portion of the year.
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Was anybody under the impression that Novak was training as hard as he normally does in the second half of the year?

Boris is not saying anything new.

Why the media decided to make this the narrative of the day is beyond me: it only diminishes Murray's achievement in passing Novak.

Novak was injured (although of course nobody must mention it, in spite of Boris having talked about it as well), he had family problems, he was in a cult, and on top of that, he was not practicing. And with all that help, Murray required his best tennis ever to pass this ghost by 630 points.

I'm just adding 2 and 2 together. Reading the media articles available.

My advise to the press: if you want to elevate Murray, you have to elevate Novak as well, so that beating Novak looks like an achievement.
The anti-Serbian media is at it again.
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The anti-Serbian media is at it again.
Not anti-Serbian, just plain incompetent and with a herd mentality. Positively terrified of thinking for themselves.

In this particular instance, I'm very happy with the narrative they are peddling -by mistake, maybe, but peddling all the same: that Murray at his very best was barely able to pass Djokovic at his very worst. If that's the way they want it, who am i to complain?
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Novak has nothing left to prove, he has achieved everything in the game so it's natural that his drive will not be the same from now. I don't see him going on into his mid thirties like Fed.
He has not achieved everything in the game, there are still many records to go after. I see him playing untill 33-34 years of age.
Yes there are records to go after if he wants them but he has won all the slams now, been number one for a looong time, won many slams and is already cemented as an ATG. He could still get 18 and take Fed, but that will mean he has to win this upcoming AO to have a chance.We should know more about his motivation soon enough.
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Boris just approved that Djokovic had 101% of health in himself all along even when he was exposed by Querrey. So the only reason of his defeats was by his own, at his cocky attitude to the vocation. And that is why knight Andy had no choice to not outclass him year-end because of the frivolity has never taken the victory to save the audience's beliefs in the justice of sports' law: "May the best man win". What a courageous warrior knight Andy of Murray!
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