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Djokovic, Becker© Getty ImagesNovak Djokovic communicates with Boris Becker in German and English.

Novak Djokovic is getting more out of his relationship with Boris Becker than guidance on the court. He is also getting a refresher in the German language. 

“We speak half English, half German,” said Djokovic. “When we need to speak about serious, serious stuff, we turn to English. My knowledge of the German language needs to be updated for the serious stuff.

“But he has accepted my kind request to speak to me in German as much as he can because I would like to refresh my knowledge.”

Djokovic, who speaks Italian in addition to Serbian and English, studied German in school and attended the Niki Pilic Academy in Munich for a couple years. 

“I spoke German a lot when I spent time there between 12 and 16, and then after that I haven't spoken much,” he said. “I can speak for you now, but you wouldn't understand (laughter).”

The four-time Australian Open champion got his partnership with Becker off to a winning start Monday night when he opened with a straight-sets win over Lukas Lacko

“We both hope to get the right benefits and the right results right away here in Australia,” said Djokovic following his first match of the 2014 ATP World Tour season. “We worked very hard during the last four weeks. We believe that hard work will pay off, as it was the case in the past.

“He definitely has great observations on my game, on tennis in general. We do speak a lot about different things. We try to get to know each other as much as we can. And the understanding is great in the beginning. I did not expect ourselves to understand each other so well right away in the second or third week that we working are with each other.”

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