STARNBERG, April 4, 2018
Novak Djokovic announced that he has split with coach Radek Stepanek after just four months. Their partnership ended after the Miami Open last week.
Here is the statement from Djokovic’s official website:
“The private relationship with Stepanek was and will remain great, and Novak has enjoyed working with him and learning from him.
“He remains grateful and appreciative of all the support he has received from Radek during the last period.
“Novak remains focused and eager to come back stronger and more resilient from long injury break that has affected his confidence and game.
“He is continuously and passionately looking for new and different ways to regain winning form.
“Djokovic will upon his short holiday with a family start his preparations for the clay season and upcoming tournaments.
“The cooperation between Novak and Andre Agassi has also ended.”
Three match wins in 2018
In 2018, Djokovic returned from a six-month injury absence and reached the fourth round of the Australian Open. The 30-year-old could not win a match in the following.
Djokovic was upset by World No. 109 Taro Daniel in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, which was his worst ATP Masters 1000 loss since 2008 Miami. Then he lost his opening encounter of the Miami Open against Benoit Paire. The Serbian fell to World No. 14 in ATP Rankings on 8 January, his lowest since 2007.