Inspirational Djokovic key to my tennis return: Agassi

Agassi open to Wimbledon role with Djokovic

It might not see out the summer.

"For me, I do this on my own time and my own dime", Agassi said. He had many different things that he was supposed to do. "He managed to reschedule things and show up, which was not planned. So I said, "I'll go early, since I have to be in Paris any way and I'll just get to know him". "As far as I'm concerned, I hope that that's gonna stay for a long time that we can create something that is going to go long term". We had a great chat after the match. "Him at his best is good for the game, and it's a way I can contribute, hopefully".

Andre Agassi rode to the rescue on Friday, as his new client Novak Djokovic struggled in drizzly conditions on Court Philippe Chatrier. No doubt his link with the tournament sponsors, Longines, will ease the financial burden of spending a week in Paris. I thought maybe if he's a bit cold, he'll give me one or two unforced errors in the beginning which can help me to break him.

Djokovic wants no part of the contrast.

The American also suggested he was not being paid by Djokovic for his time.

Djokovic, at least, did not lose his and, having regained his composure, rattled off 12 of the next 14 games to complete a 5-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 win. "But for me it's simple". His game is about controlling the baseline and it's built on executing to big targets. He's not a guy that plays precisely to lines, occasionally if he's on the defence he surprises you with this. "Sometimes you follow your heart and I think it's the time for me to take care of this guy".

He sounded equivocal about working with Djokovic at Wimbledon.

Being pushed that hard by the No. 41 player in the world might seem to be a reason for concern, but Djokovic declared himself mentally "strong and calm as I could be, " never fearing he wouldn't come out ahead. "I have a lot of responsibilities so whatever's practical and achievable". Does he really need me somewhere in particular, does he need me in a week off, does he need me in a grand slam? "We don't say he's going to be here until this time or that time". He likes to just focus on the right frames and just get the best out of it.

Rafael Nadal, his potential semi-final opponent, sailed through with contrasting ease, hammering Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-0, 6-1, 6-0 in 90 minutes. The Georgian, who previous year lost to Kyle Edmund in the first round, went downhill faster than Franz Klammer. I said, "You think?' I respect her so much".

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