Novak Djokovic believes his Madrid Open win will breed confidence in his sport as he seems to peak for the French Open, with a possible assembly with Rafael Nadal nonetheless the ‘ultimate’ problem in males’s tennis.
The 15-time Grand Slam champion swept Stefanos Tsitsipas apart within the remaining, beating the Greek sensation 6-Three 6-Four in an hour and 32 minute,
There have been query marks over his kind in current months, with the Serb placing in some lacklustre shows, however after a complete week in Madrid – the place he didn’t drop a single set – the world No. 1 appears nicely positioned to bid for his second French Open title.
Ought to he reign supreme on the clay courts of Paris, Djokovic will change into the primary man within the Open Period to win each Grand Slam event twice or extra, whereas he will maintain all 4 majors directly for the second time in his illustrious profession.
With ‘King of Clay’ Nadal struggling to place a run of matches collectively on his favoured floor, the sensible cash could also be on Djokovic to do exactly that. And he has renewed confidence coursing by means of his veins after not dropping a set all week.
‘I feel like this tournament win was very important for my level of confidence because after Australian Open I wasn’t taking part in my greatest, I wasn’t discovering the correct sport and the consistency on the courtroom in Indian Wells, Miami and Monte-Carlo,’ Djokovic stated..
‘It’s a terrific honour to have this trophy and to win in one of many greatest tournaments on the planet… on the crucial time for me within the yr, within the season, as a result of this offers me a number of confidence previous to Rome and, after all, Roland Garros the place I positively wish to play my greatest.’
When Djokovic has been at his greatest over the previous yr, he has been nearly inconceivable to cease. The identical could be stated of Nadal on clay for the overwhelming majority of his profession.
It begs the query, would peak Djokovic be able to beating peak Nadal within the remaining of the French Open?
‘Well, if that match-up happens in Paris, that is going to be finals,’ Djokovic added. ‘It’s a really lengthy method to that and I perceive you wish to visualise that and focus on that..
‘But, you know, it’s a number of issues can occur. I imply, we are able to each lose earlier than finals. If it occurs, I hope that we are going to each be at our greatest as a result of then that may make the match-up as it’s presupposed to be, you understand, finals of Grand Slams.
‘And we already played one this year in Australia where I thought he was really playing well throughout the entire tournament, hadn’t dropped a set, and I used to be additionally taking part in nicely and within the finals, I used to be in all probability taking part in my greatest tennis, you understand, perhaps in any Slam remaining.
‘So, I hope I can play nicely in Paris as nicely, as I did within the final three Slams.
‘But, look, he’s all the time an ultimate problem on clay, particularly in Paris. He has misplaced, what, like 3 times in his whole profession in Paris? Two, okay. That claims sufficient about his high quality and the form of a problem that he is, you understand, going through in Paris.’