Novak Djokovic announced his split from Boris Becker on Tuesday evening, via a statement on both his website and his Facebook page.
He recounted that “the goals we set when we started working together have been completely fulfilled, and I want to thank him for the cooperation, teamwork, dedication and commitment.”
Initially Becker’s response seemed calculated with a tweet thanking the Serbian with his crowning achievement this year in winning Roland Garros for the first time, and thus completing a career slam.
Becker later on disclosed that coaching the 12-time grand-slam champion had become more challenging. He blamed their split on claims that Djokovic had not been practicing hard enough over the past six months. Becker also lamented that after achieving his goal of winning the French Open, Djokovic’s focus seemed to have wavered.
The Serbian star and coach ended a three years partnership that produced six grand-slam titles. Under Becker’s watch, Djokovic doubled his tally of majors to 12, while victory in this year’s French Open saw the 29-year-old complete a career Grand Slam and hold all four of his sport’s premier singles titles at once.
Unfortunately, Djokovic lost form in the last six month yielding the ATP singles top ranking to Andy Murray. Speaking to Sky Sports on their split, Becker explained the reason for the split. Read more »
If you are wondering whether it was predictable that Novak would have won the French Open from the beginning, it is hard to say.
The win was not predictable from the beginning. The grounds had been gray, cold and muted from the beginning of the tournament. Federer opted out of the tournament as he suffered an injury. The withdrawal of Nadal was also a sudden change in the tournament, which might also be seen that it led the way for Murray and Novak to meet in the finals.
The tournament itself had an uncertain beginning. The weather being cold and gray did not help to attract people to the stands during the games. As Roger Federer opted out for an injury, there was one less glamorous name associated with the tournament this time. The other disappointment was Nadal has to pull out of the tournament for a wrist injury he sustained. As Nadal had emerged in top form in the recent matches, many were looking forward to a possible clash between Nadal and Novak. The rains also ruined the schedule of the games which delayed and postponed most of the matches. Read more »
John McEnroe reckons Novak Djokovic would completely rule the world tennis at least for the coming two seasons and he might end up clinching 5 to 6 slam titles in that duration.
Djokovic has been the most dangerous player on the tour of late. He has emerged the winner in the two slams in 2015. He was pretty close in the third one as well i.e. the French Open, but, he got beaten in the final.
According to McEnroe, the dominating run of the Serbian is only going to continue.
In his conversation to a website, McEnroe said, “If I have to pick five best male tennis players till date, I would definitely include Novak in that.”
“Novak might not have as many slams to his name as somebody like Roger has, but, his game is always improving and mind you, the age is on his side. He is at a stage, where I believe, he is at his peak and it’s extremely tough for anyone to catch him right now. He just has to remain in good condition of health. ”
“You see he’s got that number to 12 already and I would not be surprised if in two years’ time, he gets close to the guys who are right at the top as far as winning slams is concerned” Read more »
Novak Djokovic reckons he has never played better than how he is playing right now and he has the real possibility to complete a career Grand Slam this year at Roland Garros.
Djokovic has won all the three Slams apart from the French Open.
The best that he has done in the French Open is reaching the finals.
Last year too, he was in the title round, but, only to be toppled by the king, Rafael Nadal who achieved glory for the nth time on the French soil.
Nadal’s current form, though, does not guarantee that he would be able to continue his golden run in Paris. He is, of course, one of the favourites again because of his past records and his skills on clay, but, he is not the hot favourite.
It should not be that surprising if somebody manages to breach Nadal’s fortress this time around and that guy might well be Djokovic.
Speaking in an interview, the Serb said, “I believe my game is at the topmost level at the moment and now, it’s up to me to ensure that I make the most of it and win whatever I have not managed to win so far.” Read more »