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Djokovic appoints Boris Becker as coach

By AAP .
19 December 2013 04:44AM EST

GERMAN tennis legend Boris Becker is to become head coach for three-time Wimbledon winner Novak Djokovic, the Serbian world No.2 said on Wednesday.

"I am really excited to have the opportunity to work with Boris. He is a true legend, someone who has great tennis knowledge and his experience will help me win new trophies from the Grand Slams and other tournaments," Djokovic said in a statement.

"Becker is a great person, too, and I am sure he will fit in our team in the best possible way."

The Serbian ended the year behind his Spanish arch-rival Rafael Nadal.

Becker is a former world No.1 with six grand slam wins and 64 ATP titles.

The 46-year-old German joins Marian Vajda, Miljan Amanovic and Gebhard Phil-Gritsch on Djokovic's coaching team and will begin working with him as he prepares for the Australian Open, which starts on January 13.

Djokovic said Becker "brings a new fresh approach, and together with Vajda he will make a winning combination."

Becker said: "I am proud Novak invited me to become his head coach. I will do my best to help him reach his goals, and I am sure we can achieve great things together."

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