Alexander Zverev won his first ever ATP 1000 title with a 6-4, 6-3 win over second seed Novak Djokovic in the final of the Rome Masters here on Sunday.
Novak Djokovic is coming off a straight sets win over Dominic Thiem that took 13 games to decide.
Djokovic committed almost twice as many unforced errors as Zverev – 27 to 14.
A long backhand by the Serbian, who will celebrate his 30th birthday on Monday, subsequently served up victory to his highly-rated opponent. “You’re an wonderful player”.
Djokovic said he had spoken with Agassi – touted strongly to be his next coach – on the phone in the last couple of weeks but there was no long-term commitment to the role.
While he did reach the 2016 U.S. Open final, he was eliminated in the third round at Wimbledon previous year and in the second round of this season’s Australian Open. I am enjoying every conversation that I have with him.
“Against someone like Novak, it’s always very tough to get into rallies”. He used it. I made a lot of unforced errors. Never to 40. I have never seen you losing that way on the serves. Then when I was 16, everything started to be more realistic. “I wanted to get a shot from the beginning, so it worked out well”.
“I am very happy with the way played today and all week”.
He complained of conditions that were “completely different”, with “a lot of wind and just very fast and bouncing (balls)”. I just wasn’t able to get any rhythm on my returns. “It was a very, very good performance and I think probably one of my best matches“.
Djokovic, who turns 30 tomorrow, seemingly had the world at his feet following his triumph in Paris a year ago, where he completed the Career Grand Slam and became the first man since 1969 to hold all four major titles, though he has by his standards struggled since then and will be hoping that Agassi can help him rediscover his best form.
Agassi to coach Djoko Soon after the defeat in the final, Djokovic confirmed that Andre Agassi will be his new coach.
ROME Unseeded American John Isner battled into the Rome Masters semis Friday with a 7-6 (7/3), 2-6, 7-6 (7/2) win over Croatian sixth seed Marin Cilic. Zverev has won 12 of his last 13 matches on outdoor clay court.
In the Rome women’s event, Elina Svitolina claimed her fourth title of the season after Simona Halep sunk without trace in the final set.
Svitolina now has a tour-leading 31 match wins this year.