Andre Agassi: ‘Novak Djokovic needed to return to his roots, he needed a reason to fight’

Andre Agassi believes that Novak Djokovic is at his best when he is ‘agitated’ and he needed to return to those roots to rediscover his form. 

Agassi was part of Djokovic’s coaching set-up in 2017 and 2018 when the Serb was struggling for form, largely due to an ongoing elbow injury.

The relationship did not last long, though, nor did it go especially well, with Agassi saying at the time there was simply a personality clash at play.

Djokovic returned to old coach Marian Vajda and has thrived since, and Agassi believes that was exactly what he needed.

“He is always looking to get agitated on a tennis court,” Agassi told the Hindu Times.

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“I might have poked the bear a little harder and a little sooner.

“Me challenging him to stop working with him, to give him a reason to prove something. He went back to his roots – like ‘Rocky’ – his fight. That’s what he needed.

“What Novak needed was a reason to fight and care. He did not lose his game overnight. Lots of information he needed to process for a while.”

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