Becker backs Agassi to be a success with Djokovic

Boris Becker believes Andre Agassi can be an effective foil for Novak Djokovic, as the Serb bids to get back to the top of the men’s game.

Djokovic will continue to team up with former world number one Agassi as his coach next season, when the 30-year-old returns from six months on the sidelines with an elbow injury.

Becker spent three years as Djokovic’s coach; helping him win six of his 12 Grand Slam titles, and believes Agassi is an appropriate successor after the pair first teamed up at Wimbledon.

“Agassi is a very good man,” Becker told Bild.

“In Melbourne you will already see a closer co-operation. Does Agassi have the potential to be a coach? Yes. Was he number one? Yes. Is he a Grand Slam winner? Yes. Does he have the character to tell Djokovic the truth? Yes. Is he economically dependent [on him]? No.

“These are good factors to see a coach working with a superstar.”