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.

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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Examining Novak Djokovic’s 2016 season

novak-djokovic-wimbledon-tennis_3493725After a stellar 2015 tennis season which saw then Number 1 Novak Djokovic win three Gland Slam titles, and 11 titles overall, many had expected him to continue his superb season. And at the start of the year, all signs pointed to this.

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