Zverev stuns Djokovic to win Rome Masters

Novak Djokovic has announced that Andre Agassi will coach him at the French Open.

He said of eight-time grand slam victor Agassi, according to Gazzetta Dello Sport: "We will be together in Paris". So he's gonna be there. "We'll see what the future brings", the 29-year-old Djokovic, who fell out of the top spot in the ATP rankings in November, said.

The 20-year-old outplayed his Serbian opponent, a 30-time Masters 1000 victor, on his way to claiming a 6-4, 6-3 victory in one hour and 21 minutes at the Foro Italico.

"We don t have any long-term commitment. It's just us trying to get to know each other in Paris a little bit", Djokovic added.

In the hope of getting his career back on track for the second half of 2017, Djokovic made a decision to part ways with three members of his coaching staff, and to be fair to him that did work to his benefit to some extent.

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.

Earlier, with tennis greats Rod Laver and Manolo Santana looking on, the German showed off an all-court game that has prompted many experts to predict he'll reach No.1 some day. "Yesterday (Saturday) I played what I thought was one of the best matches of my life on clay".

Romania's Simona Halep reached her first final in the WTA event at the Rome Masters on Saturday after sweeping Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens 7-5, 6-1 in their semi-final clash.

The Serb added that Agassi won't be around for the entirety of the French Open.

Despite the defeat, Djokovic will start the French Open, which gets underway next Sunday, as one of the leading favorites having completed the career Grand Slam in Paris in 2016. I played very poor today.

"I don't know Andre that well, because it's only a couple weeks that we are in communication, let's say", Djokovic said.

If we would get into a rally, he would just - you know, he would smash the ball from first or second shot.

Zverev's older brother, Mischa, is ranked 32nd, and his father, Alexander, is a former pro player and his coach.

Alexander Zverev became the first player born in the 1990s to win a Masters 1000 title, and he also became the first person from Germany to win Masters 1000 title after Tommy Haas did the same thing in Stuttgart, back in 2001. He made almost twice as many unforced errors as his younger opponent, in a match lasting just under an hour and a half.

  • Julie Sanders