1992 Barcelona Olympics champion Marc Rosset believes Novak Djokovic will arrive to the French Open well prepared. Djokovic, 34, kicked off his clay season last week in Monte Carlo, where he suffered a shock defeat to Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in his opener.
This week, Djokovic is playing the Serbia Open in Belgrade. Unlike in the first three months of the season, Djokovic faces no uncertainty as he can play the whole clay season without restrictions. “It’s rare for him [to tire]," Rosset told RTS.
“It also demonstrates that nothing is done with a snap of the fingers. “But I think he will be well on his feet by Roland Garros, because if he wants to, he can now play every week from here to Paris. “He is no longer in uncertainty, when he did not know which tournament he could participate in, when he could not put the same intensity into his training.
“Everything will go back in the right direction for him”.
Djokovic focused on preparing well for the French Open
After Belgrade, Djokovic plans to play the Masters events in Madrid and Rome. Djokovic played an ATP 250 event the week before the French Open last year and he hasn't ruled out the possibility of doing the same this year.
“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 said.
“My current plans include Madrid and Rome. “It depends, really, on my results here and the shape I’m in. We’ll decide then. “I had never before played a tournament in the week ahead of Roland Garros but last year I decided to do just 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”.