Serbia's Novak Djokovic makes a forehand return during his match against Juan Monaco of Argentina at the Kooyong Classic ahead of the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne Australia, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Joshua Baker)
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Boris Becker's first priority will be to help Novak Djokovic gain a "mental edge" when the pressure rises at the grand slams, the Australian Open champion said in Melbourne Thursday.Djokovic, who will bid for a fourth straight title at Melbourne Park when the tournament gets underway Monday, announced last month he had hired the six-time grand slam-winning German to be his head coach.The 46-year-old Becker was a keen observer at the invitational Kooyong Classic, where Djokovic prepared for the heat of the year's first grand slam with a 7-5, 6-1 exhibition victory over Argentine world No. 42 Juan Monaco played out in steamy conditions.Becker's appointment follows world No. 4 Andy Murray's successful partnership with Ivan Lendl, who helped the Briton break through with wins at the 2012 U.S. Open and last year's Wimbledon after losses in his first four grand slam finals.
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