World number two, Novak Djokovic is in awe of his new coach, Andre Agassi. The Serbian has said that it is a dream come true, to have a legend like Agassi train him.
“Having Andre Agassi as a coach is a dream come true, honestly,” Djokovic said. “He’s someone that I was looking up to when I was younger.
“We have similar styles of game, very similar. He has been considered to be one of the greatest returners of all time and I was relying on return in my game throughout my career a lot. So there are a lot of similarities. But also, in the trajectory throughout the career and him experiencing that drop in the rankings and then coming back from 140, I think, in the world, to number one.
“I guess, experiencing different conditions in his life and facing a lot of challenges and still managing to come out on top and still showing his resilience and strength, that is something I can relate to a lot. He’s been through everything I have been through right now, not just right now but throughout my career. He understands the role of being one of the top players.
“He understands how it is to win all the tournaments in the world, because he has won them all. It’s an amazing adventure for both of us.”
“I love this sport with all my heart, I truly do. I still have a tremendous amount of passion and motivation to do well. As long as I have that flare inside of me, I’ll keep going and hopefully make more foot prints,” he added.
“I deserve until now or maybe with hopefully success that will come, to be along with the greats in our sport. Of course, that’s one of the greatest motivations and privileges that I can have as an athlete, to be mentioned alongside the elite, with Andre Agassi, for example, or Becker, [Pete] Sampras, [Roger] Federer, [Rafael] Nadal, these kinds of players that have made a huge mark in this sport.”