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Djokovic names Agassi as coach after Rome defeat


Djokovic names Agassi as coach after Rome defeat

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ROME – Novak Djokovic confirmed that he will be coached by Andre Agassi at the French Open after being humbled by German youngster Alexander Zverev in the final of the Italian Open on Sunday.

The Serb, beaten 6-4 6-3 by Zverev in the Rome sunshine, said he would join up with eight-times grand slam champion Agassi as he prepares to defend his Roland Garros crown.

He did not say whether the partnership would be long term.

“I spoke to Andre the last couple weeks on the phone, and we decided to get together in Paris,” Djokovic said.

“So he’s gonna be there. We are both excited to work together and see where it takes us.

“We don’t have any long-term commitment. It’s just us trying to get to know each other in Paris a little bit,” added the 12-time grand slam champion.

“Obviously, Andre is someone that I have tremendous respect for as a person and as a player. He has been through everything that I’m going through.

“He understands the game amazingly well.”

Earlier this month the former world No.1 split with his long-time coach Marian Vajda as well as fitness coach Gebhard Phil Gritsch and physio Miljan Amanovic.

He said he wanted to rediscover the “spark” after a worrying loss of form since completing the career grand slam in Paris last year where he beat Andy Murray in the final.

Boris Becker left the Djokovic entourage last December after three successful years together. (Reuters)