Novak Djokovic appoints new coach after losing to Alexander Zverev in the Italian Open final

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Novak Djokovic (right) and Alexander Zverev (left) (Credit: Claudio Onorati/EPA)

Novak Djokovic has appointed Andre Agassi as his new coach after suffering a surpising defeat to Alexander Zverev, whom was playing in his first final at that level.

The world number 2 could do little to stop the march of the 20-year-old ‘NextGen’ star, as the latter claimed what seemed to be a routine victory – beating Djokovic 6-4 6-3, and not facing a break point in either set; instead breaking the Serbian once in the first set, and twice in the second set.

Afterwards, the Serbian announced his partnership with American Andre Agassi, the former world number 1 with 8 Grand Slam titles to his name. The partnership will only be short term, however, as Djokovic said:

“We don’t have any long-term commitment. It’s just us trying to get to know each other in Paris a little bit.”

The world number 2 has only won one title this season – earlier in the year at the Qatar Open, where he defeated current world number 1 Andy Murray.

Federer withdraws from French Open

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Roger Federer in Miami. (Credit: Al Bello/Getty Images)

The 18-time Grand Slam winner, who has been dominant in the first few months of the year, has decided to skip Roland Garros (the French Open), citing that he wants to keep playing “for many years to come”.

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Djokovic splits with team in attempt to regain form

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Novak Djokovic (CREDIT: ATP/Getty Images)

Novak Djokovic, world number 2. has split with his entire coaching team in order to regain the “winning spark” after a series of subpar results. The Serbian sensation said the decision was “mutual” with his coach Marian Vajda, fitness coach Gebhard Phil Gritsch, and psyiotherapist Miljan Amanovic.

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Serena Williams hints at pregnancy with Snapchat post

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Serena Williams with her 23rd Grand Slam title (Clive Brunskill. Getty Images)

The world number 2 appeared to announce her pregnancy via a Snapchat post, which has since been deleted, with the caption “20 Weeks.”

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Can Federer and Nadal dominate at Slams again?

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Rafael Nadal (left), Rod Laver (centre) & Australian Open 2017 winner Roger Federer (right)

The men’s Australian Open Final was a thing of beauty; contrasting styles evoking a sense of timelessness from the two legends. Rafa, with his physicality and his hefty left-handed topspin forehand has always been Federer’s bane – especially on clay, where the ball bounces up high to the Swiss Maestro’s single-handed backhand and usually draws the error.

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Roger Federer wins the Australian Open!

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Roger Federer has triumphed over Rafael Nadal in an epic five set match: 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3! The 35 year old has defied the odds to overcome his Spanish rival and came back to defeat Nadal in the final seet with a deficit of 1-3 down. This is Federer’s 18th Grand Slam, and his fifth Australian Open title, which will propel Federer back into the top 10 in the rankings.

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Murray and the Australian Open: A history.

skysports-under-armour-andy-murray-australian-open-kit_3867658Andy Murray, the new world Number 1 is the hot favourite to claim the Melbourne Grand Slam after finishing runner-up at the event five times, succumbing to Swiss legend Roger Federer in 2010, and defending champion Novak Djokovic the other four times in 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2016. However, with the Serbian’s form dropping after a sub-par end to the 2015 season, Murray seems to be in prime position to claim the first Grand Slam title of the year.

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