A ‘Recharged’ Djokovic Looks To Becker for Wimbledon Boost
Wimbledon, Great Britain
by ATP Staff|
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After taking a break to recover from the long clay-court season, Novak Djokovic is prepared to take on the grass as this year's Wimbledon top seed. The 2011 champion has a new resource to help him in his quest for another title at the All-England Club: his coach, grass legend Boris Becker.
The World No. 2 completed the clay-court season with a 14-2 FedEx ATP Win/Loss record on the surface, including a title win in Rome (d. Nadal), but the Serb also weathered tough times: a runner-up finish to Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros and recuperation from a wrist injury that sidelined him in Madrid.
“[I had] some good results and some injuries and so forth. It took a lot out of me," reflected Djokovic, as he prepares his 2014 campaign at Wimbledon. "So it was always important for me to take five, six days off to recharge... and try to get my mind off the tennis.”
Now back from the vacation, which included a bachelor party for his upcoming wedding to fiancee Jelena Ristic, Djokovic turns his attention to acclimating his game to grass.
“[Moving] from the slowest to the fastest surface, it takes quite a few days and weeks to adjust one’s movement. On clay you can slide but here you can't afford too many big steps. You have to try to have as many of the adjustment steps and be balanced. The ball bounces low, where on the clay it bounces very high.”
This year, the 2011 champion is armed with new weaponry: the wisdom and experience of his coach, Boris Becker. The German, who has worked with Djokovic since the beginning of the season, earned three of his six Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon (1985, 1986, 1989) and reached the final on four other occasions.
Djokovic has gone 2-5 in major finals since the beginning of the 2012 season, and is positive that Becker can put him back into the winners’ circle.
“I do feel different having Boris on my side, having a player who made a mark in this sport, especially in this tournament.
“This is [Becker’s] surface. This is his home. This is where he feels most comfortable,“ said Djokovic. "I think here where he had most success in his career, we can have a great two weeks together.
“He's very inspired to convey his messages and advice to me, and to try and point out the objectives and priorities on which I should focus during the time of the Grand Slam,” added Djokovic.