Former world number one, Novak Djokovic hailed new coach Andre Agassi as a ‘perfect fit’ ahead of the defence of his French Open title.
Djokovic has tempted another former world No 1 Agassi back on the road after the ‘shock therapy’ of splitting from his long-term coaching team last month.
But Djokovic has enjoyed spending time with the 47-year-old, who knows all too well the ups and downs of a tennis career.
The seeds of the partnership were sown when Djokovic phoned Agassi to thank him for public support at a time when the critics were circling.
Djokovic has endured an unexpected year of struggle since finally lifting the Coupe des Mousquetaires with victory over Andy Murray 12 months ago.
But there have been signs recently, especially with his run to the final in Rome last week, that he is not far away from hitting top form again.
“It feels like a new chapter,” the 12-time grand slam champion said ahead of his Roland Garros opener against Marcel Granollers.
“It feels like the change that I have experienced in the last three, four weeks, separating with the team that I was with for 10 years, and now kind of creating a new team, creating a new vibe, it feels exciting.
“It feels right at this moment because I was, in the last five, six months struggling a little bit on the court and trying to redefine myself and rediscover what kind of approach is the right one.
“I just felt, and my former team, we all felt we needed a change. We need to go our separate ways, so right now I feel much better on the court.”
A career grand slam winner himself, Agassi’s influence is already showing, with Djokovic reaching his first final last week since winning the season opener in Doha.
“I have played a great week in Rome,” Djokovic said.
“I was talking with Andre for a couple weeks during Madrid and Rome on the phone, kind of preparing for the matches, analysing matches.
“That allowed both of us to get to know each other and kind of, for him especially, to get closer to my thinking and my mindset about tennis, about life in general, and so forth.