Novak Djokovic aiming to be ‘as ready’ as possible for French Open | Tennis News – Times of India

BELGRADE: Novak Djokovic stated on Monday that he’s aiming to be “as prepared as I could be” for the French Open as he prepares for simply his third event of the season in Belgrade this week.
The world primary was deported from Australia forward of the Australian Open in January over his Covid vaccination standing, earlier than additionally lacking Indian Wells and the Miami Open in the USA.
Within the Serbian star’s absence, Rafael Nadal received a file twenty first Grand Slam singles title in Melbourne, shifting out of a tie with Djokovic and Roger Federer.
Djokovic shall be hoping to match his nice rival’s tally on the French Open, which begins on Could 22.
“Roland Garros is the quintessential clay-court event and I am partly already there in my ideas, when it comes to preparation and every part I am doing in the mean time to get there as prepared as I could be,” Djokovic informed reporters in Belgrade.
The 34-year-old additionally stated he was planning to play within the Madrid Masters and the Italian Open forward of Roland Garros.
“My present plans embody Madrid and Rome,” he added.
“It relies upon, actually, on my consequence right here and the form I am in. We’ll determine then.”
Djokovic misplaced in his opening match of the Monte Carlo Masters final week to eventual runner-up Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, after a quarter-final exit in Dubai in February.
“I used to be not absolutely prepared for the event in Monte Carlo and I knew that earlier than the event began,” he stated.
“Nonetheless, I would like match follow and that is the floor (clay) that requires lots of time spent on the court docket throughout coaching classes, and much more throughout matches.
“I hope to play extra matches in Belgrade than in Monte Carlo.”
Djokovic received an ATP occasion within the Serbian capital final season, the week earlier than the beginning of the French Open, which he received for the second time regardless of trailing Stefanos Tsitsipas by two units within the closing.
“I had by no means earlier than performed a event within the week forward of Roland Garros however final 12 months I made a decision to do exactly that.
“As a result of it was Belgrade and I wanted the sensation that the viewers is the wind beneath my wings. It got here true, I received the event, and it turned out I made a great determination forward of the French Open.”
High seed Djokovic will face a compatriot when he enters the event within the second spherical — both Laslo Djere or Hamad Medjedovic.
He may face former US Open champion and two-time French Open finalist Dominic Thiem within the quarter-finals, because the Austrian performs his first ATP occasion since final June after a collection of harm setbacks.

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