Boris Becker: Why I had to work with Novak Djokovic

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Boris Becker says he sees a lot of Novak Djokovic in himself

Says he "burns like a volcano" while watching Djokovic play

Only decided to take role after long talks with Serbian star

He says fatherhood will help Djokovic blossom

CNN  — 

At a time where former tennis greats are returning to the tour, there is one man whose presence looms large.

It was always going to take something special to lure Boris Becker away from the home comforts of his family and the sanctuary of the television studio.

But with one phone call and a glimpse at a man who made him think twice, the opportunity to work with Novak Djokovic was a challenge he could not resist.

“I see in Novak a little bit of Boris Becker,” the German tells CNN’s Open Court.

“I see him against Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, probably the two most popular players in the world, and he doesn’t always get a fair deal from the crowd.

“It makes him work even harder and more determined to win. I see some similarities between him and a young Becker.”

Serbia's Novak Djokovic's coach German Boris Becker attends his men's singles first round match against Kazakhstan's Andrey Golubev on day one of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 23, 2014. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK - RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
Becker: Reaction to coaching job surprised me
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Becker began his partnership with Djokovic in December 2013 and was courtside when the Serb star claimed his seventh grand slam title at Wimbledon in July – one more than his coach managed during a 15-year career.