Novak Djokovic hasn’t gotten his ft too soiled on purple clay this season.
The five-time Rome champion’s 6-3, 7-6(5) rain-interrupted win over Taylor Fritz was simply his sixth clay-court match of the season.
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Djokovic, who plans to play his hometown Belgrade Open subsequent week, believes banking relaxation earlier within the spring can assist gasoline him for the calls for of Paris as he goals to regain Roland Garros.
“Effectively, everyone knows the clay is a slower floor within the sport. As a lot it requires extra bodily vitality from a participant, but additionally I believe psychological and emotional vitality as nicely,” Djokovic mentioned. “[Clay] can also be a really demanding floor by way of techniques, by way of simply setting up the purpose.
“Generally it is simply actually cat-and-mouse sort of play the place it’s a must to struggle for a greater place on the court docket, typically use the photographs that you wouldn’t usually use on different floor, like this looping forehand or backhand, attempting to get again in play, construct your place. I imply, it’s the floor that in all probability requires from a participant to defend higher than on another floor.”
Djokovic captured his lone Roland Garros championship in 2016 defeating Andy Murray within the ultimate. The pair practiced collectively in Rome on Monday.
Previous to peaking in Paris in 2016, Djokovic posted a 9-2 file throughout that clay lead-in season, defeating Murray to win Madrid and topping Rafael Nadal and Kei Nishikori earlier than bowing to Murray within the Rome ultimate.
The 18-time Grand Slam champion, who celebrates his thirty fourth birthday on Could twenty second, mentioned he feels contemporary and match with Roland Garros looming on Could thirtieth.
“However, look, I have not performed rather a lot in any respect, so I do not really feel bodily exhausted or worn out,” Djokovic mentioned. “I do not assume that is going to be a case for me coming to Paris.
“I am excited to return to Paris. That is clearly the largest objective of my clay court docket season. I am hopefully going to get extra matches right here in Rome, then some extra in Belgrade, then get within the prime form for Roland Garros.”
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