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Djokovic names Agassi as coach after Rome defeat by Zverev

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zverev-italian-open Alexander Zverev of Germany holds the Italian Open trophy after his victory against Novak Djokovic of Serbia. Reuters

Rome: Novak Djokovic confirmed he will be coached by Andre Agassi at the French Open after being humbled by German youngster Alexander Zverev in the final of the Italian Open on Sunday.

The Serb, beaten 6-4 6-3 by Zverev in the Rome sunshine, said he would join up with eight-times grand slam champion Agassi as he prepares to defend his Roland Garros crown.

"We'll see what the future brings," Djokovic said after making the announcement.

Earlier this month the former world number one split with his long-time coach Marian Vajda as well as fitness coach Gebhard Phil Gritsch and physio Miljan Amanovic.

He said he wanted to rediscover the "spark" after a worrying loss of form since completing the career grand slam in Paris last year where he beat Andy Murray in the final.

Novak Djokovic Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns the ball to Alexander Zverev of Germany during Men's Singles Final of Italian Open. Reuters

Djokovic, who turns 30 on Monday, looked back to his dazzling best when he demolished Dominic Thiem in the semi-final on Saturday for the loss of one game.

But he was outplayed by Zverev who dominated the match after breaking serve in the opening game.

It was the biggest win in 20-year-old Zverev's career as he became the youngest winner of a Masters 1000 tournament since Djokovic himself won Miami in 2007.

He controlled play from the back of the court with his fluid two-handed backhand and heavy forehand.

Zverev broke again in the third game of the second set and clinched the match with another break in the ninth game.

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