Zverev downplays French Open chances despite Rome victory

Ross Houston
June 2, 2017

Novak Djokovic wasted little time in announcing his intent to get back to winning ways with the appointment of Andre Agassi as his coach. The former world no.1 has won a total of 12 Grand Slam titles, which include six Australian Open, three Wimbledon, and two US Open titles, and his latest was past year at the French Open.

The world number two revealed the news in Rome shortly after losing the final of the Italian Open to Germany's Alexander Zverev. "I have been playing a lot ... so is not easy after playing nearly every day for the last four weeks", he said. We don't have any long-term commitment. "He will not stay [the] whole tournament". He s gonna stay only to a certain time, and then we ll see after that what s gonna happen.

'I'm very excited to see what is ahead of us'.

Novak Djokovic set up a Rome Masters finals battle of the ATP generations on Saturday against exciting young German Alexander Zverev.

Earlier, Djokovic overcame having to play twice in a day before cruising into the final of the Rome Masters with aruthless 6-16-0 win over Thiem. "Unfortunately this week you didn't win, but I'm sure as we get closer to Paris you'll be one of the favourites for the title". "It was a very, very good performance and I think probably one of my best matches". "He has been through everything that I'm going through. He understands the game amazingly well".

After a frustratingly inconsistent start to the 2017 season, it would appear Djokovic's partnership with Agassi will need to bear fruit immediately if the former World No 1 is to have any hope of defending his title at Roland-Garros.

Djokovic confirmed Sunday that Agassi will serve as his coach for the upcoming French Open.

Djokovic suggested he would look to employ another super coach after parting company with his long-term coaching staff this month, but said he would take his time before making an appointment.

"And disappointed with the way I played, especially after the match yesterday (in thrashing Dominic Thiem), but it is what it is".

Djokovic has won 12 Grand Slams. Without any problems, he won the gems when he served, while on the other side, he made a lot of trouble when Djokovic had an opening shot.

"And the others, the rest, it's going to be quite open. Yes, he has been away from the tour for last 10, 15 years, but speaking with him, he s been definitely following up closely all the matches, the big matches, especially on the TV".

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