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For Novak Djokovic, Andre Agassi as coach is 'a dream come true'

International Business Times (AU) logoInternational Business Times (AU) 24-05-2017 Sai Mohan

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Novak Djokovic recently appointed American tennis great as his head coach for the forthcoming French Open. The Serb is ready for "an amazing adventure" with Agassi, a player he idolised while growing up.

Earlier this month, Djokovic parted with his entire coaching team. It did have a lot to do with his recent title drought. The 29-year-old Djokovic hasn't won an ATP Masters 1000 title since last summer's Rogers Cup (Canada Masters). He won the 2016 French Open but didn't have to contend with Rafael Nadal, who pulled out of Roland Garross with a wrist injury before his third-round match against Marcel Granollers. In recent weeks, Djokovic reached the semi-finals of the Madrid Masters and the finals of the Rome Masters but couldn't get over the hump.

Djokovic is optimistic that Agassi can help him return to winning ways. "Having Andre Agassi as a coach, is a dream come true, honestly. He's someone that I was looking up to when I was younger. We have similar styles of game, very similar. He has been considered to be one of the greatest returners of all time and I was relying on return in my game throughout my career a lot. So there are a lot of similarities," said Djokovic, via Sky Sports.

Can Andre Agassi help Novak Djokovic end title drought?

According to several analysts, Djokovic is arguably playing his worst tennis since 2010 and has very little shot at retaining his Roland Garross title when the 2017 French Open kicks off on May 28. The World No. 2 is having his statistically worst season since 2010. After relinquishing the World No. 1 ranking to Andy Murray in November, the 12-time Grand Slam champion suffered a shocking second-round defeat at the Australian Open to Denis Istomin followed by consecutive losses to Nick Kyrgios in Acapulco and Indian Wells.

Djokovic reckons that Agassi is the perfect person to help him escape the rut. "I guess, experiencing different conditions in his life and facing a lot of challenges and still managing to come out on top and still showing his resilience and strength that is something I can relate to a lot. He's (Agassi) been through everything I have been through right now, not just right now but throughout my career. He understands the role of being one of the top players. He understands how it is to win all the tournaments in the world, because he has won them all."

The Serb reportedly spoke to Agassi over the phone after the Italian Open and the American instantly agreed to roll the dice in Paris. "It's an amazing adventure for both of us. He's going to come, he's not going to be there for the entire tournament, but he's going to be there for a certain time and we'll see how this relationship is going to unfold on the court, off the court and we'll take it from there. I love this sport with all my heart, I truly do. I still have a tremendous amount of passion and motivation to do well. As long as I have that flare inside of me, I'll keep going and hopefully make more foot prints."

With a fully healthy Rafael Nadal storming into this year's French Open, odds makers don't expect Novak Djokovic to end his Grand Slam drought in the near future. However, on paper, the 12-time Grand Slam winner can't be ruled out just yet. Djokovic was coached by German tennis great Boris Becker for nearly three years. However, Becker was a full-time coach and accompanied Djokovic to all events.

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