Novak Djokovic hasn’t gotten his ft too soiled on pink 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.
Djokovic, who plans to play his hometown Belgrade Open subsequent week, believes banking relaxation earlier within the spring may also help gas him for the calls for of Paris as he goals to regain Roland Garros.
“Properly, everyone knows the clay is a slower floor within the sport. As a lot it requires extra bodily power from a participant, but additionally I believe psychological and emotional power as effectively,” Djokovic mentioned. “[Clay] can also be a really demanding floor by way of techniques, by way of simply establishing the purpose.
“Generally it is simply actually cat-and-mouse sort of play the place you need to struggle for a greater place on the court docket, typically use the pictures 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 most likely 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 remaining. 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 remaining.
The 18-time Grand Slam champion, who celebrates his thirty fourth birthday on Might twenty second, mentioned he feels recent and match with Roland Garros looming on Might thirtieth.
“However, look, I have not performed quite a bit 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 come back to Paris. That is clearly the most important purpose 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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