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Murray: Becker can help Djokovic preparations

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Andy Murray believes Boris Becker will help Novak Djokovic with his preparations for tournaments after the legendary German recently became the head coach of the world No. 2.

Djokovic ended 2013 on a high by retaining his ATP World Tour Finals crown last month, but had lost the previous two grand slam finals, to Murray at Wimbledon and to Rafael Nadal at the US Open, as well as losing top spot in the rankings to Nadal.

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Murray joined forces with former player Ivan Lendl at the beginning of last year, and since then has won two majors and the gold medal at London 2012.

And Murray feels the appointment of Becker will not just be about a rivalry being renewed between Lendl and Becker, one where they faced each other 22 times during the 1980s and '90s.

"I personally don't think there will be renewal of a rivalry. I mean, no matter if you are coaching the players, you can't influence much," Murray told Gulf News.

"Once you step on court, the coaches can do very little to the outcome of a match. It is the preparation where the coaches can make a really good difference. We will have to see how it goes from here."

The Wimbledon champion is also of the opinion that players hiring ex-professionals as coaches is something that others may not chose to do.

"Obviously, everyone wants to keep working on every game. It is good to see great players like Novak get some help from Becker who has been there and done it before," Murray said. "I don't know if it is a trend starting here or not. For that, we will have to wait and see for few years."

Murray is preparing to make his return to action at the Mubadala Tennis Championship this week in Abu Dhabi after undergoing surgery on his back in September, and after missing the final few months of the 2013 season, Murray is keen to concentrate on making a full recovery.

"I can honestly speak for myself and not others. I'm coming back from an injury and I'm not expecting anything. My focus is to try and be healthy. Hopefully, results will come if I'm 100% fit," he said.

"I would expect everyone to play very good tennis this year. I would personally like to get good results in the grand slams."

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