“When we’re together he offers to do things and help – much more than Serbian men would,” says Ana.

For Serbian stunner Ana Ivanovic, it’s the little things Scott does away from the gala dinners and red carpet that have courted her a second time. “I like the relaxed, laid-back Australian mentality,” Ivanovic confessed. “And I also feel like he’s very helpful around the house. “He hasn’t cooked yet … but he has promised to make me a dish.”

Ivanovic and Scott resumed their relationship this year to re-claim the undisputed crown of sport’s most glamorous couple. According to Ivanovic, their break-up was a chance to re-focus on their careers. “It was tough times for both of us,” she said. “Sometimes you need time apart to figure things out. We felt there was so much more we could achieve with our careers. “In the end, it has all been for the good. It has been really nice for both of us.” But deciding on Mr Right hasn’t been the only challenge in Ivanovic’s life. She’s also spent most of her career searching for a right-hand man to inspire the form that took her to world No.1 three years ago. Ivanovic’s subsequent struggle with injury and mental demons has seen her flick through several coaches before settling on British guru Nigel Sears in July.

She and Scott rekindled their romance around the same time, and Ivanovic – now ranked No.22 – this week declared she has not felt as comfortable since notching her lone grand slam triumph at the 2008 French Open. “This might be the first time I’ve felt good since I became world No.1,” she said. “When that happened, I was really motivated and inspired to stay there. Then I went through a really tough patch with injury and some bad losses. “That played on my mind and I lost my way a little bit … probably more than a little bit.” Ivanovic suffered from analysis paralysis – a condition common to sports stars who heed the advice of every well-wisher rather than a single wise head. The 24-year-old is now confident Sears, the former women’s head coach at the Lawn Tennis Association, can fulfil that vital role. “I went to a lot of people for advice and tried to listen to them all, but sometimes it was the wrong advice,” she said. “Everyone had my best interests at heart, but it doesn’t all work. “I just spent too much time thinking and talking about the best way to approach getting back to the top. There have been lots of moments when I was trying too hard. “Looking back, it would’ve been better to just take a month off and get away from it all rather than try over and over and over again. “All you can do is learn and realise from your mistakes. I’ve also done many good things and I can’t let myself forget about those. “I really feel now that with Nigel, with his trust and commitment, I can get there.”

After claiming her first title of 2011 at the season’s final event in Bali, she slipped into her off-season alongside Scott in Australia with a little more pride. Renowned for her jaw-dropping photo shoots and fashion spreads, Ivanovic admitted that she had felt guilty posing for the paparazzi whenever her on-court form dipped. “I want to be recognised for what I do in tennis,” she said. “The photo shoots and fashion are fun, but they are definitely not my priority. “I actually find that if I’m not playing well, I feel like I don’t deserve to be in the public eye.” Ivanovic clearly didn’t feel that way at last month’s Presidents Cup golf tournament in Melbourne, where she publicly cheered on Scott while in town visiting second cousins in suburban Mentone. She has since been training alongside Scott on the Sunshine Coast in preparation for next month’s Apia Sydney International, which is followed by the Australian Open at Melbourne Park.

“Adam has been really helpful for me,” she said. “In the last few years we’ve both been through a lot and he’s now getting back to the top. “He can help me with advice and support to get where I want to be.”



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