So it has finally happened. Novak Djokovic split with Boris Becker after three amazing years of tennis dominance like no one could have imagined. Before Becker joined the Nole brigade, Djokovic had won ‘just’ 4 Australian, 0 French, 1 Wimbledon and 1 US Open. Federer (winner of 17 GrandSlams) was made to look merely mortal when the Djokovic-Becker team clicked winning – 2 Australian, 1 French, 2 Wimbledon and 1 US Open in the last 3 years. But what has changed recently which resulted in this break-up.
Comparison of Djokovic 2015 to 2016
From March 2015-January 2016, Novak Djokovic had not lost a single tournament. He had a good coach, an analytics company and highly improved fitness to be the perfect player. Since Dubai Championships in 2016, there have been a few losses creeping up every now and then. Although Novak managed to be the 4th man to get a Career Grand Slam by winning French Open, he lost in the R32 in Wimbledon to Sam Querrey, followed by a US Open Finals loss to Stanislas Wawrinka. Soon after, Novak lost the World No. 1 title to Andy Murray.
Nevertheless Novak has won 2 GrandSlams including the elusive French Open and reached the US Open Finals. So surely, it cannot be just a performance based decision.
2016 surely looks bleak in comparison to 2015 for Novak. Djokovic is yet to announce his new coach.