When Boris Becker handed Novak Djokovic the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award in London in 2012, no one thought that a couple of years later the duo would be travelling the world together winning tennis tournaments.
Current world No 1 Djokovic appointed German tennis legend Becker as his main coach in December 2013 and the partnership seems to be paying off.
A five-set victory over a resurgent Roger Federer in the final at Wimbledon in July seems to suggest Nole, as Djokovic is known, has made a great choice in hiring the Laureus Academy Member.
Becker was front row at Flushing Meadows Wednesday night watching Djokovic defeat another Laureus Award winner, Andy Murray, in the quarter-finals of the US Open. Claiming the title would take his Grand Slam tally to eight, which would give the Djokovic-Becker pair an impressive 14 in total.
The 27-year-old from Serbian acknowledges the role Becker has played in building the mental toughness that has helped him rediscover his winning touch. Djokovic had lost five of his previous six Grand Slam finals.
Although not on court himself, Becker seems to be relishing being back in the heart of the competition. He has said: “I noticed emotions that I haven’t felt in a long time. I remembered how I used to feel on the court and that’s a driving force.
“We’ve had a couple of good months together and we have been knocking on the door. You cannot win every time, it’s impossible. But the direction is good, and that’s what we’re most happy about.”