Moreover, the 1992 Wimbledon champion is happy to follow Djokovic to SW19 if that is what he wants.
“I do it on my own time, I do it on my own dime, my own money,” said Agassi. “I don’t want anything, I don’t need anything, I want to help him.
“So if he wants me at Wimbledon, I will come and figure it out. It is a lot of responsibility. Whatever is practical and achievable, 100 per cent I will make the effort.”
And despite his other business commitments, he has vowed to make himself available whenever possible for the foreseeable future.
“I committed to him that as long as he feels like I can help him, I will,” said Agassi. “Does he really need me somewhere in particular, does he need me in a week off, does he need me in a Grand Slam? We will figure this out as we go.
Andre Agassi is not being paid to be Novak Djokovic's mentor
Andre Agassi wants to work with Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon as well
“100 per cent I am committed to seeing him achieve what his dream is.”
You get what you pay for, mind and Agassi was conspicuous by his absence during the first set, in which world No41 Diego Schwartzman gamely set about putting last year’s champion to the test.
Indeed, a surprising number of loose shots from the Serb saw Schwartzman snatch the opening set with a late break and it was only when Agassi finally took his seat that Djokovic broke in the second.
“I was focused on the screen and I saw obviously people reacting when he arrived. He was not supposed to be here today, because we have finished with our in-person collaboration here in Paris, but he managed to reschedule certain things. I appreciate that – he’s the man.
“We had a great chat after the match. He’s someone with a very positive mind-set about tennis and life in general. He likes to simplify things. He likes to just focus on the right frames and just get the best out of it.
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Sometimes when you start talking about technical stuff or life in general, it gets complicated. One of his virtues is the ability to actually simplify that and make it very clear.”
To his credit, calmly performing keepy-ups between serves, Schwartzman again nudged in front as Djokovic threatened to implode at the end of the third set.
He had already had a serve taken away for time-wasting, when Djokovic was given a warning for unsportsmanlike behaviour for pretending to hit the ball at umpire Carlos Ramos.
“What did I say?” Djokovic shouted up at the official. “Why did you give me a warning? Did I hit the ball in your direction? Did I hit it? No? So why did you give me a warning? You’re losing your mind!”
Djokovic, at least, did not lose his and, having regained his composure, rattled off 12 of the next 14 games to complete a 5-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 win.