by Mauro Cappiello
In an interview with German magazine "Sport Bild" Andy Murray said he didn't see any meaningful improvement in Novak Djokovic's tennis since the Serb started his partnership with Boris Becker.
"To be honest, I see no difference compared to the time when Boris was not his coach," said the current world number 4, who lost to Djokovic for the third time in the final of the Australian Open last February 1st.
Since Djokovic hired Becker in his team, he won two Grand Slam titles and an ATP Year-End Championship and came back to the top of the world ranking again after last year's Wimbledon.
Even though he called these results "fantastic", the Scot was quite clear in stating that the former world number 1 from Germany didn't succeed in having a substantial impact on Nole's style, while he said himself convinced that his new coach, Amelie Mauresmo, contributed in making him "a better player".
Murray, who is considered the starter of the legend-coach trend in men's tennis after his successful combination with Ivan Lendl, had expressed a very different view about the "new" Roger Federer.
Ahead of their 2014 Australian Open quarter-final clash, when the Swiss' partnership with Edberg had just started, the Scot had been very cautious: "I think at this level it's too soon to say if he (Edberg, ann.) had a positive influence or not. It takes some months to judge if it's working or not."
As months went by, Murray met the Swiss again at the London ATP World Tour Finals last November, suffering what he called "one of the worst defeats in his career" (6-0, 6-1 in 56 minutes), giving the impression of being completely puzzled by Federer's new offensive attitude. "Roger was really exceptional on Thursday night, it was the best he's ever played against me," he wrote on his column for the BBC website.
In the "Sport Bild" interview, Murray also said he is not so sure that Roger will put an end to his career after the 2016 Olympics in Rio. "I would wait to say that. He loves the game and has all the support from his family."
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