French Open

Becker: We will cherish this win forever

2016-06-07 14:07
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Novak Djokovic and Boris Becker (Getty Images)

Cape Town - The coach of Novak Djokovic and former world number one Boris Becker, said the Serb's coaching team were 'over the moon' after he won his 12th grand slam title at Roland Garros on Sunday.

In Becker's column for Gulf News, he said that Djokovic's achievements over the last 12 months were only starting to sink in and by winning 28 straight matches at grand slams was almost unbelievable.

The last time Djokovic lost in the slams was the Roland Garros final in 2015 when he was beaten by Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland, but since then he has looked unbeatable.

Becker wrote in his Gulf News column, "We are, obviously, over the moon with Novak’s win. We had fun on Sunday night and celebrated but all the incredible things that Novak Djokovic has accomplished in the last 12 months are really only just starting to sink in.

"I think what’s most incredible is not just that he’s won his first French Open or that he has 12 Grand Slam titles but that he has won the last four Grand Slam titles, an achievement that hasn’t been accomplished since Rod Laver in 1969.

"Imagine! It takes a lot to win one title, and it’s very, very difficult to win two in a row but four in a row is almost impossible. So this is something we will cherish forever," said Becker.

Next on the radar for the all-conquering Serb is to defend his Wimbledon title, which is due to start on June 27 and runs up until July 10.

Becker confirms that Djokovic will be taking a few days off to spend time with his family to celebrate his Roland Garros victory and added that their Wimbledon build-up would be the same as in the last two years by playing in two or three exhibition tournaments.

"Now, we will be doing what we have for the last two years and not play any of the grass court tournaments in the lead-up to Wimbledon. Novak will take a week off to enjoy the victory and some time with his family," said Becker.

"He will practice for about 10 days before the tournament starts, and will also play two-three warm-up exhibitions and will be ready on the Monday at 2 o’clock."

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