In an interview on Eurosport earlier in the day, Agassi revealed the unexpected arrangement behind his agreement to help Djokovic: “I do it on my own time, I do it on my own dime, my own money.”
And after his 5-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 win against Diego Schwartzman today, the Serb confirmed the arrangements and expounded the virtues of having him on board.
“Everything that he said is completely true, so it's completely his decision,” Djokovic said. “This eight days that we spent together practicing and of course first couple rounds him being, watching the matches, was phenomenal. I couldn't ask for more.
“Of course, I don't have any expectations. I'm just trying to enjoy every possible moment that I have next to him when he's here with me and when he's not of course we are in daily contact, calling each other, texting and so forth.
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“So even at times when he's not there, he's present in my life and in my career.
“As far as I'm concerned, I mean, I hope that that's gonna stay for a long time that we can create something that is going to go long term.
“We don't have anything set in stone. We don't say he's going to be here until this time or that time.
“He’s going to try his best to be in the biggest tournaments with me and as much as his family time allows and all the commitments that he has. And we both agree that I'm going to need someone also day-to-day basis that can work with him.
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“But he's the man.
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“We had a great chat after the match. He’s someone with a very positive mindset 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.
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.
“He is very bright, and very genuine, very good soul, good heart, cares about the game, cares about others and always tries to be kind to others. He possesses those values that I stand for, as well. That's where we relate to each other very much.”
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Agassi actually missed the start of his game against Schwartzman, as Djokovic fell a set behind. But Djokovic explained he was not supposed to be there at all – and appreciated the boost his arrival gave him.
“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 yesterday with our in-person collaboration here in Paris, because he had many different things that he was supposed to do.
“He managed to reschedule certain things and show up today, which was not planned. I appreciate that. I respect that very much that he managed to do things and move his commitments around so he could come and watch.
“I liked seeing him, and I like to see him in the box. He is showing good spirits and showing his commitment as much as he can to me and to the team. Having him around always gives you more inspiration.”