Vajda reunion a ‘fresh start’ for Djokovic after Agassi split

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s a fresh start I think for both of us. I missed him. I have a feeling that he missed me or tennis or both,” Djokovic said after a confident 6-0, 6-1 thrashing of Dusan Lajovic in the first round.“He knows me better than any tennis coach I’ve worked with.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“He’s a friend. He’s someone I can share a lot of things with, whether it’s professional or private life. He’s always there for me.”Djokovic confirmed he is not yet working with Vajda on a full-time basis, after the two parted ways following last year’s tournament in Monte Carlo. View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Rajon Rondo has a knack for performing in the playoffs The 30-year-old also played down reports of a rift between him and Agassi, thanking the American for “helping his career” over an 11-month period. “This doesn’t affect our personal relationships that we established over the years both with Radek and Andre,” he said.“But we just decided that it’s better to part ways because, you know, both sides did feel that that’s best for me and for them.”Monday’s win was his first since the Australian Open in January, after being dumped out in Indian Wells and Miami by Taro Daniel and Benoit Paire respectively.The Serb said he is now playing pain-free, after struggling with a right elbow injury.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Serbia’s Novak Djokovic acknowledges applause as he celebrates defeating compatriot Dusan Lajovic during their round of 64 tennis match at the Monte-Carlo ATP Masters Series Tournament, on April 16, 2018 in Monaco. / AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHENovak Djokovic said Monday it feels like a “fresh start” to be working again with long-time former coach Marian Vajda at the Monte Carlo Masters.The 12-time Grand Slam champion split from Andre Agassi and Radek Stepanek earlier this month and has been training with Vajda for the last 10 days in Monaco.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “After two years, finally I can play without pain,” added Djokovic.“Indian Wells, Miami, especially Indian Wells, was not like that.“I still obviously wasn’t ready game-wise, physically. So Indian Wells and Miami were really kind of a struggle on the court for me mentally.“I know that I can play much better than that, but I couldn’t.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more