'Novak Djokovic might play some extra claycourt tournaments', says former star



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'Novak Djokovic might play some extra claycourt tournaments', says former star

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga admitted it was special to beat Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in the triumphal ride at the 2014 Toronto Masters 1000, but added that Paris-Bercy was his best Masters. In 2008, Tsonga became champion of the prestigious Parisian tournament after defeating David Nalbandian in the final.

Six years later, the Frenchman won his second Masters title by winning, in fact, in Toronto. In the path that led him to the final triumph, Tsonga got the better of players of the caliber of Djokovic, Federer and Andy Murray.

And to the question posed to him two days ago, that is, at the end of the defeat in the first round of the Monte Carlo Masters, Tsonga confessed that his favorite victory in a Masters 1000 was "Bercy" One of the reasons Jo-Wilfried Tsonga never won a Grand Slam was because he failed to score against the famous "Big Four"

In Toronto, Tsonga beat three of the members of this illustrious group and it was probably one of the best weeks of his career. “Because everything was new - explained the Frenchman -. It was the first time and Bercy was in France.

I had all my childhood friends with me, my family, all my coaches since I was very young, and by very young, I mean seven years. It all came together, and so I was a newcomer to those Masters 1000s.

Roddick talks about Djokovic

Andy Roddick believes Novak Djokovic may adopt a slightly heavier schedule to prepare for Roland Garros after losing his opening match at the 2022 Monte-Carlo Masters.

"You can't fake tournament reps," Roddick said. "You can play five hours in practice, but when you get the adrenaline and you get the nerves, it's its own kind of exhaust mechanism and when you haven't dealt with that recently - I mean he's very short on matches since the US Open last year.

So, it was a big ask. And what Novak was hoping to do was turn it around, get through, survive this match and then find his game later on. Credit to Davidovich Fokina." The 2003 US Open champion also pointed to the Serb's movement as an issue, while predicting that he might play some extra claycourt tournaments in the coming weeks.

"Also, when you're coming back and you're Novak, the last thing you want is really blustery conditions, right? Where your feet aren't quite under you," Roddick added. "I don't think Novak moved that well today, I felt like he was lunging a lot more than he normally did.

The switch of directions wasn't quite there. Not a big thing to worry about, all to be expected. But expect him to maybe sneak in another tournament or two, play a little bit of a heavier schedule until he finds that footing. Obviously with the goal being Roland Garros."