Djokovic hopes to Work long term with Agassi after opening French Open Win

Djokovic hopes to Work long term with Agassi after opening French Open Win

Novak Djokovic made a winning start to his partnership with Andre Agassi and is keen to soak up as much knowledge as he can before the American heads back home.

Agassi has been tempted into coaching for the first time by the defending French Open champion but must leave Paris well before the tournament finishes.

Agassi sat impassively through Djokovic’s 6-3 6-4 6-2 win over Marcel Granollers, a performance the second seed later described as a bit ‘rusty’.

The American also had a surprise visitor, with Djokovic’s former coach Boris Becker popping out to shake the hand of his successor.

Djokovic and Agassi have been testing the partnership out this week, and the Serbian has already seen enough to know he wants it to continue.

‘He’s going to stay, I hope, until the end of this week,’ Djokovic said. ‘Then he has to leave because he has some things that he cannot reschedule.

‘I’m going to try to use the time spent with him as best as we can. So far plenty of information, plenty of things to process. I’m really enjoying it.

‘It’s going to take a little bit of time, and all the good things take a bit of time to get their real effect. I’m patient and for us this is a great way to start off our collaboration and friendship and get to know each other and then see where it takes us.

‘It’s hopefully something that can be long term.’

Djokovic split from his long-time team last month as he sought answers to the slump that has seen him struggle since adding a fourth consecutive grand slam title here last year.

He is not expecting his relationship with eight-time grand slam champion Agassi to result in any dramatic differences to his playing style.

Djokovic, who will play Portugal’s Joao Sousa in round two, added: ‘He says the right things in the right moment. Everything he says, it’s very useful for me. And it definitely makes sense.

‘I’m trying to implement certain things on the court. It’s not anything that really will significantly change my game. I won’t start to play serve and volley or something like that.

‘It’s more about the mindset, the approach, because I feel that the game that I have has gotten me to where I am for a reason, and he feels that my game is very much at a good place. It’s just matter of fine-tuning it in the right way.’


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