Exclusive: Boris Becker praises Djokovic's professionalism

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Boris Becker has revealed that he is working as Novak Djokovic's head coach specifically to help the world number two improve his tactics, strategy, and mentality.

Becker was appointed by Djokovic back in December – and it hasn't taken long for the pair to strike up an effective working relationship.

Djokovic, Becker admitted, already possessed the attributes of a true champion, but they are currently working on fine-tuning aspects of the 26-year-old's game.

When asked which specific areas he and Djokovic were focusing on, Becker told GiveMeSport: "Well, obviously he was the number one player in the world and the winner of six Grand Slams so I don’t have to teach him fore and backhand!

"But I think tactically, strategically and mentally there are some areas we can improve and I think that is the reason he wanted my help."

Becker went on to add that, while both he and Djokovic enjoy a laugh and a joke before and after training, they are both ultra-professional individuals who possess a serious attitude towards training.

"We both are known for our strong sense of humour," Becker added, "but eventually it stops when we start training seriously on the court and off.

"He’s a very dedicated athlete and thinks about sport 24/7. But it helps if you have a sense of humour."

Indeed, you don’t win six Grand Slam titles unless you have been wholeheartedly dedicated to tennis from a young age.

Djokovic has, so far in his career, won four Australian Open titles, plus one title apiece at the US Open and Wimbledon.

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