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Djokovic hires Andre Agassi as new coach in bid to rediscover best form

The Serb announced the appointment after being stunned in the ATP World Tour Masters final in Rome.

The pair have 20 grand slam titles between them.
The pair have 20 grand slam titles between them.
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NOVAK DJOKOVIC HAS confirmed Andre Agassi will take over as his new coach next week.

Djokovic suggested he would look to employ another super coach after parting company with his long-term coaching staff this month, but said he would take his time before making an appointment.

The 12-time grand slam singles champion split from Boris Becker last December and has now turned to Agassi in a bid to get back to the peak of his powers, with the French Open starting this month.

Djokovic confirmed Agassi will work with him from the French Open onwards after losing to Alexander Zverev in the Internazionali BNL d’Italia final on Sunday.

“He knows the game, he has the sense of family values,” said Djokovic, who turns 30 on Monday.

“He is a person who can contribute to my life both inside and outside the field. I feel we are already very close to each other and we are creating a good bond.”

Zverev claimed his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title with a 6-4 6-3 triumph in Rome.

Djokovic had not dropped a set this week until Zverev produced a brilliant performance in his maiden Masters final to deny the favourite a 31st success at that level, the highest on the ATP circuit outside of grand slams.

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