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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.”

Australian Open: Novak Djokovic ousted in second round

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Novak Djokovic, defending champion of the Australian Open suffered a shock exit in the Grand Slam event after he failed to overcome world number 117 Denis Istomin in the second round.

A six-time winner of the opening Grand Slam event of the calendar year, Djokovic struggled for rhythm and lost 7-6 (10-8) 5-7 2-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 in four hours and 48 minutes.

He won his first service game after 15 minutes but went on to lose the first set in one hour and 25 minutes.

As his opponent faltered in the third set, he won four consecutive games but Istomin managed to come back in the fourth set to extend the match to a tie-break.

Both players served aggressively as they received vocal support from the crowd, as Istomin, who broke in game five, remained strong on his own serve. The Uzbek national wrapped things up when Djokovic, lunging on the backhand, could only block another crunching delivery long on match point.

This was the first time that the Serb has lost in the second round of a Grand Slam event — his last similar defeat was at Wimbledon in 2008.

It is also only the second time in seven years that Djokovic has lost to a player ranked outside the top 100 — his defeat by Juan Martin del Potro, ranked 145th, at the Rio Olympics in 2016 being the other occasion.

“He deserved to win. No doubt, he was a better player in the clutch moments,” said Djokovic. “Many things came together for him today and he’s a well-deserved winner. There’s not much I could do.”

“It is the biggest win of my career and means so much, now I feel I can play with these guys and be with them on the same level,” said Istomin. “From the third set I had cramp in my leg, I don’t know how I held it. I was playing so good. I surprised myself.”

Djokovic defeats Raonic to enter ATP World Tour semi-finals

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Novak Djokovic confirmed his place in the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour Finals after narrowly edging out Milos Raonic 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-5).

The subject of much speculation during a relative slump in form since June, Djokovic produced a more convincing and formidable presence at the O2 Arena.

And despite a fine performance from Raonic, the defending champion made it 21 wins from his last 22 matches as he looks to regain his World No1 position on ATP rankings.

“Other than a couple of loose service games, I thought it was a good performance,” said Djokovic after the game. “This definitely can serve as a great wind in the back for the matches to come.”

Raonic had lost all seven of their previous matches, and won just one of 18 sets, but managed 42 winners to 11 as he made the running for much of the two hours and 14 minutes.

Djokovic served well to save three break points in the first set and edged through a gripping tie-break when Raonic double-faulted.

The Canadian fell behind early in the second but twice recovered breaks of serve, and while the 17,000 spectators roared with every punch and counter-punch, Djokovic began to leak errors.

Raonic had a chance to level the set but snatched at a forehand, and Djokovic came through a second tight tie-break to clinch victory.

“It’s just hanging in there mentally, staying strong and believing that the opportunities will arise,” said Djokovic.

“When they do you have to capitalise. I think one or two points separated us today. It could have gone either way, this match.”

The five-time champion will also the first to go through to the last four of the tournament, as Raonic goes on to face Dominic Thiem for the other semi-final place on Thursday.

Djokovic ready to defend World No1 rank as Murray closes in

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Novak Djokovic is ready to defend for his status as world number one even as second-placed Andy Murray prepares for next week’s Paris Masters looking to overtake the Serb.

Murray, 29, won his third title in as many weeks after defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the Vienna Open final on Sunday. He could top the ATP rankings next week if he wins the Paris Masters event and Djokovic fails to reach the final.

On the other hand, 12-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic collected his latest major title after completing the career Grand Slam with a first French Open title in June, but suffered a slump since.

He only managed to pick up just one more title in Toronto before losing early at both the Wimbledon and the Olympics, and missed the chance at collecting another Grand Slam title after a bruising defeat by Stan Wawrinka in the US Open final.

“Winning the French Open this year has brought a lot of joy to me but on the other hand has taken away a lot from me, as well,” said Djokovic.

“I felt a little bit exhausted, I must say, and maybe less motivated. So I had to kind of rediscover that feeling of being on the court and keep pushing myself.”

“I guess it took a little bit of time, more time, and I’m in a better state of mind at the moment than I was some months ago. It makes me want to go on court and fight for every point because there is something to win at the end.”

For Murray, it was a remarkable year with seven titles – the most in a season in his career.

“I get a step closer with every win but it’s still a long way from here,” he said. “From two to one seems a small jump in a way but it’s the hardest one to make. To go from 100 to 50 is more spots but is a lot easier.”

“I was thinking more about how you are going to win the match rather than what it would mean if you did win it but it’s nice to win my seventh tournament. A lot of them have come in the last few months. After the Australian Open I struggled a little bit but the last few months have been very good.”