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Federer 'surprised' by Djokovic-Becker partnership

ESPN staff
December 30, 2013
Roger Federer will compete in the Brisbane International this week © AP

Roger Federer has admitted he was "surprised" to see Boris Becker join Novak Djokovic's coaching team - but insists the move will be good for the game.

Federer will take part in the Brisbane International this week in preparation for the Australian Open, and has himself announced a partnership with another legend of the game in Stefan Edberg.

The recent hires come after Andy Murray's partnership with past great Ivan Lendl helped bring the Scot Olympic, US Open and Wimbledon glory over the last two years.

"Not necessarily that he hired somebody... But Becker I was surprised," Federer said. "I didn't think he wanted to become a coach. I didn't expect to see him back on tour.

"I'm happy seeing former greats and legends excited to be doing such a job and wanting to help the next generations. To bring them back into the game, it's a good thing."

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