Zverev crushes Djokovic to claim maiden Masters 1000 title

The news was confirmed after German Zverev, 20, stunned Djokovic 6-4 6-3 to win in Rome.

While Agassi is unlikely to join Djokovic full time, the relationship could prove to be very fruitful for the Serbian's quest to win a 13th Grand Slam title.

The newly minted 30-year-old was cheaply routed 4 and 3 by "Sascha" Zverev in the final of the just-completed Italian Open. Today's match was probably one of my best. "It happens. If he serves this well and this efficiently, it's tough to play him on any surface". You know, we get to know each other over the phone for now, but in Paris we will see each other in person, and then we will take it from there. "Thiem has been showing he's been playing very well", he added.

"Yesterday was no wind and slow and just - I just couldn't find the proper rhythm, proper positioning on the court".

Overall, he made 27 unforced errors as compared to Zverev's 14, who also had 16 winners to the Serb's 11.

Agassi who retired in 2006 had won eight Grand Slam titles including one at Roland Garros (in 1999). "If we would get into a rally, he would smash the ball from the first or second shot", said Djokovic. It is not a long-term commitment, but Becker, who coached Djokovic to six Grand Slam titles in three years, has hailed it as an "excellent choice". It's just us trying to get to know each other in Paris a little bit.

Victory ensured Zverev was crowned the youngest Masters champion since Djokovic himself in 2007, and ensured he will reach the world's top 10 for the first time.

Speaking to the press after the defeat to Alexander Zverev in the final of Rome Masters, Djokovic said, "Andre is someone who I have tremendous respect for".

"If I have only half of the career Novak has had, I'll be fine", Zverev said when asked if he can follow in Djokovic's footsteps.

In the final match of Zverev demonstrated tennis, close to ideal.

Zverev claimed his third - and by far most prestigious - title in 81 minutes, breaking Djokovic three times while never facing a break point against his own serve. On the other hand, I mean, he didn't get much from my side. Started the match very poorly. I think staying in top 10 will be very hard, as well, because other guys like David Goffin and other players will want to break into the top 10.

Djokovic had to play twice on Saturday to make into the final, with a ruthless 6-1, 6-0 win over Dominic Thiem after finishing his quarterfinal against Juan Martin del Potro earlier in the day.

  • Julie Sanders