Daily Archives: May 22, 2017

Djokovic to receive tutelage from Andre Agassi in French Open

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Novak Djokovic is set to receive Andre Agassi as a coach ahead of his campaign defend his French Open title.

Djokovic, a 12-time Grand Slam winner, parted ways with his entire coaching entourage earlier in May in an attempt of “shock therapy” to help curb a standing streak of underwhelming results. By then he had already split with his former coach Boris Becker after a three-years partnership.

It was partly successful as the Serbian national managed to reach the final of the Italian Open, before falling to 20-year-old Alexander Zverev in straight sets.

Zverev also sets a record by becoming the youngest player ever to win an Masters 1000 title, surpassing Djokovic’s own record set at the Miami Open.

Djokovic confirmed the news of his partnership with Agassi after his defeat to the German youngster.

“I spoke to Andre the last couple weeks on the phone, and we decided to get together in Paris,” he said. “We don’t have any long-term commitment, it’s just us trying to get to know each other a little bit. He will not stay the whole tournament. He’s going to stay only to a certain time, and then we’ll see after that what’s going to happen.”

“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. I am enjoying every conversation that I have with him. Also, he’s someone that nurtures family values, philanthropic work. He’s a very humble man, very educated. He’s a person that can contribute to my life on and off the court a lot. I’m very excited to see what is ahead of us.”

Juventus claims sixth straight Serie A title

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Juventus became the first club to win six consecutive Serie A titles after an easy victory over Crotone 3-0 on Sunday.

The Bianconeri entered the game against the third-bottom placed club almost pressureless despite Roma closing in to within a point of Massimiliano Allegri’s team with leaders with victory at Chievo on Saturday night.

Indeed, the Gladiators were the only team who could do anything against Juventus’s seemingly inevitable title charge, and they had shown their clear intent to do so last week against the defending champions.

But there was no doubt that it was all Juventus at Turin against Crotone, and, as if to add glitter on his 31st birthday, Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic banished any fears about an afternoon of struggle with a simple tap-in, and Paulo Dybala essentially moved the game out of Crotone reach with a perfectly curled free-kick for Juve’s second.

Alex Sandro rounded off the scoreline late as Juve wrote a new page in the history of Italian football.

With the title wrapped up and clinched their third consecutive Coppa Italia over the last few days, Juve’s focus would now turn to their Champions League final meeting with Real Madrid as they chase for the treble.

Meanwhile, Crotone remain a point shy of Empoli and safety heading into their season-ending clash against Lazio next weekend.

Real Madrid claims La Liga title with win over Malaga

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Real Madrid successfully ended their drought of La Liga titles with 2-0 victory at La Rosaleda, the home ground of Malaga.

Any doubt of a win away against the team that had beaten FC Barcelona on the same exact stadium was silenced in just two minutes into the game as Cristiano Ronaldo rounded keeper Carlos Kameni before scoring the first goal from an smart Isco through ball.

Karim Benzema then added Real’s second after half-time after a goalmouth scramble to put the game away despite Malaga’s efforts.

Before the game, Real were just one point away from the title win regardless of what defending champions Barca would do, and for a time it seem that Los Blancos did not even needed the one point as Barca fell 2-0 behind Eibar (before overturning the deficit to win 4-2).

Coming into the season, Real were on their longest streak without a La Liga victory in club history (four seasons), but claimed a deserved title after going through the year as one of the best sides in Spain and Europe — with a 40-game unbeaten streak in the process.

It had also been a season of smashed records for Zinedine Zidane and his men in the Frenchman’s first full season as Real coach, and if they could continue their winning ways into Cardiff they will become the first team ever to successfully defend the Champions League.

However, the effort and hardwork placed in by the entire team was not lost on the man who led Real to Undecima — their eleventh European top-flight title — just little less than a year ago.

“It was very important (to win the league),” Zidane said as celebrations kicked-off after the whistle at La Rosaleda. “It was a lot of years without winning it and we knew that the league is everything.”

“For Real Madrid, because it is the best club in the world, we have to return with this league title. It has been a difficult season that we worked hard for, with some tough moments, but after 38 games we are top and that is it.”

“The Spanish league is the best in my opinion and to win it in this way is incredible — I am very happy.”