Inspirational Djokovic key to my tennis return, says Agassi

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World number one Novak Djokovic has never triumphed in Paris.

"I don't want him thinking about the things that are going to make him so much better that he stops doing what comes naturally and all this, so this is a whole different conversation", replied Agassi.

"For me, I do this on my own time and my own dime", said Agassi. "I got a call from him late in Monte Carlo after he was done, and he wanted to talk tennis", Agassi said.

It remains unclear how much time the 47-year-old will be prepared to spend with Djokovic, but Wimbledon is on the cards.

"He wanted to talk the possibility of working and I said listen, maybe I can help you over the phone, I don't think you need much, but this is not possible for me with the balance of my life".

"And then "Steffi says maybe, maybe you'll enjoy it".

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GETTYNovak Djokovic hopes to have Andre Agassi by his side in the major tournaments

"You know, as far as I'm concerned... I have a lot of responsibilities so whatever's practical and achievable". You know, on the court he understands the game amazingly well.After the Thiem match, which Djokovic said was, "probably the best tennis I have played in the last ten months", all signs pointed toward the Serbian winning his first title since Doha in January. His processing, his spirit, his motivations, his inspirations and I started to grow respect.

Speaking after an inconsistent five-set victory over Diego Schwartzman in the third round at Roland Garros on Friday, reigning champion Djokovic indicated he hopes the American will become a regular member of his team, although the 12-time grand slam singles champion also needs to fill the vacancy left by the surprise dismissal of long-term mentor Marian Vajda and the other members of his travelling staff last month.

He's a spectacular player who can get through hard times even if he's not necessarily on point but I think that match made him better in a lot of ways.

'Andre was not supposed to be here today, he managed to reschedule certain things to come and I appreciate that.

Boris Becker had coached Djokovic until December 2016, since when the 12-time Slam victor has spilt from the remainder of his coaching staff. Every day I've seen him get better.

"Nevertheless I put it all in perspective by the end... he's a spectacular player who can get through hard times even if he's not necessarily on point but I think that match made him better in a lot of ways now".

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