Zverev downs Isner to reach Rome final

Agassi is a former world No 1 and had retired in 2006 from competitive tennis.

Boris Becker, a six-time Grand Slam victor, left in December after three years as the 29-year-old's main coach.

Djokovic, who has wrestled with injuries and lack of confidence since winning the French Open last June, had looked his old dominant self when he beat Thiem in Saturday's semi-final but was unable to recapture that form on Sunday.

He said of eight-time grand slam victor Agassi, according to Gazzetta Dello Sport: "We will be together in Paris". We don't have any long-term commitment. "He's going to stay only for a certain time, and then we'll see after that what's going to happen".

ROME — Alexander Zverev signaled his anticipated arrival among the tennis elite by defeating Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-3 Sunday to win the Italian Open.

Ironically enough, Zverev's victory made him the youngest since Djokovic to win a Masters title. At the beginning of the tournament, Zverev was ranked 17th in the world.

Djokovic revealed that the men have been in regular conversation in recent weeks, speaking before every match the Serb played in. He has won just one tournament and was bounced early in the Australian Open, the year's first Grand Slam event. "I knew that if it goes in, everything, maybe I have a chance".

Djokovic had parted ways with his coaching staff and has since been operating without a designated coach.

"He served very well", Djokovic surmised.

Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic didn't manage to defend his title from the a year ago, but to be honest, just a few expected this to happen because the Serbian tennis player is now trying to regain his level of the game, from the beginning of 2016. He was a revolutionary player because he had this charisma, he had this, you know, approach to tennis and to life that was quite different from others.

The 30-year-old Nadal, who was seeded fourth, had won consecutive clay-court tournaments in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid and was aiming for an eighth title at the Foro Italico as he prepares for the French Open in less than two weeks.

"It was my best performance of the year", said Djokovic after his 59-minute win over Thiem.

"He's been definitely following up closely all the matches, the big matches, especially on the TV", Djokovic said.

  • Julie Sanders