BELGRADE, April 19 — Novak Djokovic mentioned on Monday that he’s aiming to be “as ready as I can be” for the French Open as he prepares for simply his third match 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 within the United States.
In the Serbian star’s absence, Rafael Nadal gained a document 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 May 22.
“Roland Garros is the quintessential clay-court tournament and I’m partly already there in my thoughts, in terms of preparation and everything I’m doing at the moment to get there as ready as I can be,” Djokovic informed reporters in Belgrade.
The 34-year-old additionally mentioned he was planning to play within the Madrid Masters and the Italian Open forward of Roland Garros.
“My current plans include Madrid and Rome,” he added.
“It depends, really, on my result here and the shape I’m in. We’ll decide 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 was not fully ready for the tournament in Monte Carlo and I knew that before the tournament started,” he mentioned.
“However, I would like match observe and that is the floor (clay) that requires plenty of time spent on the courtroom throughout coaching periods, and much more throughout matches.
“I hope to play more matches in Belgrade than in Monte Carlo.”
Djokovic gained an ATP occasion within the Serbian capital final season, the week earlier than the beginning of the French Open, which he gained for the second time regardless of trailing Stefanos Tsitsipas by two units within the closing.
“I had by no means earlier than performed a match within the week forward of Roland Garros however final 12 months I made a decision to just do that.
“Because it was Belgrade and I needed the feeling that the audience is the wind beneath my wings. It came true, I won the tournament, and it turned out I made a good decision ahead of the French Open.”
Top seed Djokovic will face a compatriot when he enters the match within the second spherical — both Laslo Djere or Hamad Medjedovic.
He might 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 sequence of damage setbacks. — AFP