Djokovic impresses Becker with confident start

Mon Jan 13, 2014 7:14am EST
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By Simon Cambers

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic had new coach Boris Becker smiling proudly on Monday as he made a convincing start to his quest for a fourth straight Australian Open title.

In their first competitive match together, Djokovic eased to a 6-3 7-6(2) 6-1 win over Lukas Lacko of Slovakia with an attentive Becker sitting courtside throughout.

"It felt different, but in a positive way," said the Serb, after extending his winning streak in all events to 25 matches.

Unlike Ivan Lendl, who makes a habit of sitting expressionless through Andy Murray's matches, Becker was animated as he sat with the rest of the Djokovic team.

The Serb added Becker to his coaching team in an effort to find that extra one or two percent that might help him add to his tally of six grand slam titles.

German Becker, who won Wimbledon three times and six grand slams in all, had done little coaching before accepting the role with Djokovic but the world number two said he was already making his mark.

"He definitely has great observations on my game and on tennis in general," he told reporters.

"We do speak a lot about different things. We try to get to know each other as much as we can.   Continued...

Novak Djokovic of Serbia walks during a break between points during his men's singles match against Lukas Lacko of Slovakia at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne January 13, 2014. REUTERS/Brandon Malone