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# Parting ways
Novak Djokovic splits from coach Boris Becker after three years
The pair have mutually agreed to end the relationship.

WORLD NUMBER TWO Novak Djokovic has split from his coach Boris Becker after three years working together.

“Boris Becker and I have jointly decided to end our cooperation,” Djokovic, who won this year’s US, Australian and French Open titles, wrote on his official Facebook page.

“The goals we set when we started working together have been completely fulfilled, and I want to thank him for the cooperation, teamwork, dedication and commitment.”

Becker, himself a six-time grand slam champion, was appointed as Djokovic’s head coach in December 2013, to work alongside the long-serving Marian Vajda.

Under the tutelage of the German, Djokovic enjoyed the most successful period of his career, doubling the tally of six major wins that he held prior to his link-up with Becker.

Victory in this year’s French Open saw the 29-year-old complete a career Grand Slam and hold all four of his sport’s premier singles titles at once, but a dip in form followed and Djokovic was deposed by Andy Murray at the top of the ATP singles rankings last month.

In a statement on his official website, Djokovic explained that he and Becker had achieved everything they had set out to when initially teaming up.

It read: “I want to thank him for the cooperation, teamwork, dedication and commitment. On the other hand, my professional plans are now directed primarily to maintain a good level of play, and also to make a good schedule and new goals for the next season. In this regard I will make all future decisions.”

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Djokovic had made a change to his coaching team towards the end of the 2016 season with Spaniard Pepe Imaz joining his team for the Paris Masters and World Tour Finals in London.

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