Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer's absence was surely an advantage for Novak Djokovic this season. The Serbian player won six events in the first six months of the season and then although he played bad he still managed to achieve some good results: at the US Open he didn't face any top 10 player before playing Wawrinka in the final, and also in Shanghai and ATP Finals the draw was pretty "easy".
However mentally it influenced Djokovic, according to his coach Boris Becker: 'He didn't have any opponents anymore,' Becker told CNN. 'His time was with Nadal, with Federer. Andy was always the fourth guy.
So he lost a little bit of his opponents. Murray is showing something he hasn't shown before.' After Roland Garros title, he struggled to enjoy tennis and to find a goal to achieve: 'Naturally, his motivation was a bit off afterwards.
He really didn't know what the next big goal would be.' Djokovic has been saying since September he doesn't know if Becker will keep being in his team next year. From his side, Becker said he wants to continue being his coach, but 'Novak is the boss.
We will talk about it this week.'
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