Inspirational Novak Djokovic key to my tennis return, says Andre Agassi

Jonathan Hernandez
June 5, 2017

Agassi had already told Djokovic that, after he is done here, he must leave to fulfil earlier commitments, possibly after his next match, against Albert Ramos-ViƱolas, who beat Lucas Pouille, 6-2, 3-6, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 in fading light.

Now, Agassi is in the corner of one of the players that has pulled off a career Slam of his own-Djokovic (who needed five sets to reach the fourth round over Diego Schwartzman on Friday). I want to help him and it helps the game.

It is still not known exactly how long Agassi - who has pre-existing sponsor commitments at the Slams - will stay in Paris with him, although Djokovic originally said he would not be around in the second week due to previously scheduled obligations. Basically from the beginning, it wasn't the right match for me'. Whatever is practical and achievable, 100% I will make the effort.

Djokovic split from former coach Boris Becker in December 2016 and Agassi insists he will continue to work for free at SW19.

"In terms of some plans for the future, we don t have anything set in stone".

"In the conversation you get that sense from him that he knows exactly what he's talking about... he is very bright, and very genuine, very good soul, good heart, cares about the game, cares about others and always tries to be kind to others. I think he will get better every day", he said. And it helps the game.

Djokovic will now face Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the fourth round at Roland Garros but the 12-time major victor insisted this is not the last we'll be seeing of Agassi in his coaching box.

Asked what he thought of Agassi arriving in his box at 3-4 in the second set, Djokovic said: "He was not supposed to be here today, because we finished yesterday with our in-person collaboration here in Paris".

"And then "Steffi says maybe, maybe you'll enjoy it". "But for me it's simple". "We both agree that I'm going to need someone also day to-day basis that can work with him, but he's the man". His game is about controlling the baseline and it's built on executing to big targets. "So I think there's ways he can take his game at 30 years old, and older, because hopefully he's going to still want to play for a while and then he could start to make it easier for himself by knowing what to do with the guy across the net".

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