Former Serbia Davis Cup team captain Romano Armenulic thinks Novak Djokovic will be among top favorites for the French Open even though he hasn't a great clay season. Djokovic didn't win Madrid last week but it was evident that he was playing much than he did in Monte Carlo and Belgrade.
This week in Rome, Djokovic started his Rome campaign with a 6-3 6-2 win over Aslan Karatsev. "Novak started the season with defeats. Remember Monte Carlo, then the Serbia Open where he lost in the final, and now Madrid ...
But he is slowly getting back in shape, his mental stability is returning. I expect Rome to play better and reach form for Roland Garros. He will be one of the favorites there, along with Nadal, Alcaraz and Medvedev. Although there may be some surprises in the form of Rublev or Auger-Aliasssime," Armenulic told Kurir.rs.
Armenulic: Djokovic needs the No. 1 seed at Roland Garros
Djokovic needs to reach at least the Rome semifinal in order to keep the world No. 1 ranking. "Novak is the first player in the world. If he doesn't win a tournament, or doesn't make it to the final, it's a failure.
If he is not the first seed at Roland Garros, it won't be a good thing. Why? Well, because more serious opponents would be waiting for him in the third round. He is mentally stable, but in my opinion physically unprepared.
He needs to work on his condition to stay No. 1. He must have strength for the third set, or in Paris for the fifth set. He has a team that takes care of that, I believe they will prepare him well," Armenulic added. Last year, Djokovic won his second French Open title. En route to winning the French Open last year, Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal in the semifinal.