It is without a doubt that Boris Becker brought his own brand of magic to the Djokovic team. I call it magic because that is what the psychological advantage often feels like – a magical touch that was either not there before, or had not been there for a long time.
When Becker arrived in 2013 to Team Novak, it took them all a minute to adjust and figure out what they could achieve together. By 2014, they had figured it out. Then ensued three years of undeniable brilliance. During this magical period, Djokovic won six Slams, three majors, 14 masters, a Grand Slam, and the coveted #1 ranking. He also married his childhood sweetheart, and they had their first child.
But by the end of 2016, Djoko’s phenomenal run was spent. After tumbling unceremoniously from #1, he split with ‘coach’ Becker, explaining that they had achieved what they had set out to achieve together. He also alluded to “private issues” which everyone assumed to be marital in nature, though, to my knowledge, he has never confirmed this. Jelena certainly seems to have remained a fixture in his life.
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