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Stepanek reveals Djokovic aim


Stepanek reveals Djokovic aim

Radek Stepanek has said he aims to help Novak Djokovic "reach his maximum" after agreeing to join his coaching team. The 39-year-old was confirmed as the latest addition to the Serbian's team last week when the former world number one announced the news via his Instagram account.

It appeared to be a strange appointment at the time given that Djokovic has been working with Andre Agassi. However, the American's involvement will now be restricted to Grand Slam events and Stepanek will take over coaching duties for the remainder of the time.

The Czech Republic former world number eight only recently retired from the ATP Tour, after 21 years as a professional, in which time he won two Grand Slam titles in doubles. And, while Stepanek admitted that Djokovic offered him an 'interesting' financial package, it is the desire to help the 30-year-old return to winning ways in 2018 after an elbow injury forced the 12-time Grand Slam champion to miss the second half of 2017.

Djokovic is expected to be fit in time for next month's Australian Open, where he will look to win the title in Melbourne for a seventh time, and Stepanek said: "It is not only a great honour for me to work with Novak, but it is also a great responsibility. As I always wanted to be the best possible tennis player, so I will try to help Novak reach his maximum. Andre will only come to the biggest competitions, and I will work on a daily basis. We have already talked to each other and I immediately feel that we are in the same wavelength. The most important thing is to understand each other and to know what we want."

Djokovic is 7/2 to win the Australian Open, while he is available at 4/1 to win the French Open in 2018.

 

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