Novak Djokovic thinks Holger Rune made "a very good choice" in hiring Boris Becker as his new coach. On October 19th, Becker confirmed to Eurosport he would be working with 20-year-old Rune until at least the end of the 2023 season.
Between 2014 and 2016, Becker coached Djokovic for three full seasons. Together, Djokovic and Becker enjoyed great success as the Serb won six Grand Slams during that period. Rune, ranked at No 6 in the world, is one of the most talented players in the game and he is hoping to become a Grand Slam champion and reach the world No 1 ranking one day.
Becker has great tennis knowledge and Djokovic is certain that the German tennis legend can help Rune.
Djokovic on the Rune-Becker partnership
"Very good choice. Boris is a legend. He understands the game so well. Incredibly intelligent, smart, composed and confident man.
Holger is a young player who established himself as a Top 10. It's one thing to break it and get to a different level and (start) winning Slams. He's learning about it. It's normal that he has oscillations. I have known Holger for a long time, we practiced together, he has a huge potential, potential to win Grand Slam no doubt.
Boris is a dear friend, so I'm really glad to see him back on the Tour as a coach. It's not gonna be nice and comfortable for me to have him in the opposite box, if I play Holger. But I love him and his family a lot," Djokovic said of the Rune-Becker partnership, via Tennis Majors.
After winning his first Masters and breaking into the top-10 in late 2022, Rune said his goals for 2023 were to win a Grand Slam and reach the world No 1 ranking. Unfortunately for Rune, he didn't accomplish his goals this year.
It remains to be seen if Becker can elevate Rune's game to a completely new level and help the Dane achieve his biggest dreams in 2024.