Published: Fri, June 02, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Djokovic in cruise control to stroll into Rome final

Djokovic in cruise control to stroll into Rome final

Djokovic, whose dip in form has seen Andy Murray take over as world number one, announced after the match American great Andre Agassi would coach him at Roland Garros.

Djokovic has won 12 Grand Slams.

Novak Djokovic is coming off a straight sets win over Dominic Thiem that took 13 games to decide.

Overall, Djokovic had 27 unforced errors to 14 for Zverev, who also had 16 winners to the Serb's 11.

Djokovic, who turns 30 on Monday, is ranked second in the world but has had a subpar year compared to his lofty standards.

"Sometimes a win over a top player gives you confidence", Halep said after her semi-final. "'I spoke to Andre the last couple weeks on the phone, and we made a decision to get together in Paris", the World No. 2 said.

Djokovic had not dropped a set this week until Zverev produced a brilliant performance in his maiden Masters final to deny the favorite a 31st success at that level, the highest on the ATP circuit outside of grand slams.

"Against someone like Novak, it's always very tough to get into rallies".

"So all tournament I served quite well, so I was quite comfortable on my serve".

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Agassi had been anointed as the front runner immediately after Djokovic's shock split announcement at the start of May, but maintained at the time that there were more than one candidate being considered.

Djokovic, a four-time champion at the Foro Italico, had to finish off a quarter-final against Juan Martin del Potro to start his day after a thunderstorm interruption the night before.

He complained of conditions that were "completely different", with "a lot of wind and just very fast and bouncing (balls)". "Today winning one of the biggest tournaments — absolutely deserved".

'Even though I won the title, I will be back on the practice courts very soon trying to improve my game'. Just couldn't find any rhythm.

It was all too much for Djokovic, who received a code violation for an audible obscenity in the seventh game of the second set, then double-faulted to hand Zverev match point.

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

Earlier, Elina Svitolina surged to No. 1 in the season-long rankings race by beating Simona Halep 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 in the women's final.

While Halep was able to eventually win the opening set, she required treatment to her ankle from a trainer twice and was late getting to shots as the match wore on. "So he knows players, he knows everyone that I was playing against in (the) last couple of weeks, so we talked before every match".

Having secured a win that could propel him into the forefront of the game, a cool Zverev says he will not rest on his laurels.

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