Djokovic knows how to return to top: Becker

New Delhi, March 8 (IANS) Former World No.1 Boris Becker is confident that Serbian star Novak Djokovic will recover from his current slump and dominate the tennis world once again.

Becker started coaching Djokovic in 2013 before the duo parted ways last year. The former German star guided Djokovic to six Grand Slam titles.

Djokovic, however, has been struggling with his form of late and lost in the second round of this year’s Australian Open to World No.117 Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan.

Becker, however, is confident that the Serbian star will return to form soon.

“He is too experienced. He knows what to do to win again and I am sure he will make a comeback. In Melbourne everyone was surprised, but I am not worried. Novak knows how to be back at the top,” the multiple Grand Slam winner told reporters here on Wednesday.

“I saw most of his matches this season, especially in Doha, but I am not with him daily anymore. I don’t know how much he makes effort in the training sessions and how much he is focused. But I am confident that he will be back to the top very soon,” Becker added.

Djokovic has a strong rivalry with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray. Becker asserted that his former protege has a strong fighting spirit which makes him difficult to beat.

“They are all great personalities and all are very different. They are all great sportsmen. They are all nice men and I think that’s wonderful to have. Djoko is much younger, a little bit of a daredevil, which is fine. But I think he has a strong competitive spirit, a strong will to win, which makes him a difficult customer,” the 49-year-old said.

Talking about Indian tennis, Becker opined that the country needs to develop more interest in individual sports in order to taste success in tennis.

“First of all I don’t see a reason it should’t happen. You have the fascination about sports. You have lots of people playing sports. But something about the mindset pulls you people more towards team sports than individual sports,” he said.

“That needs to be changed for achieving success in tennis.”

–IANS

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