World No. 1 Novak Djokovic admitted that he felt relieved after finally winning his first title of the year as he is now hoping to make a strong run at the French Open. Djokovic, who had a rough start to the year as he was not allowed to compete at the Australian Open, Indian Wells and Miami, lifted his first his first title of the year in Rome.
On Sunday, Djokovic defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-0 7-6 (5) to win his first title of the year and overall a sixth Rome title. “To some extent it’s a relief because after everything that happened at the beginning of the year, was important for me to win a big title, especially with Grand Slams coming up where obviously I want to play my best and be at the level of confidence I think more than just the game, where I want to be in order to have a chance to win the title,” Djokovic said, per Tennis Majors.
Djokovic needed a strong result
After an unconvincing start to the clay season, Djokovic delivered his best tennis in Rome. Now, Djokovic heads to the French Open extremely confident in his chances. After winning his first title of the year, Djokovic said Rome was a perfect preparation for the French Open.
“I couldn’t ask for a better week really,” Djokovic said. “Played a perfect set today. Didn’t drop a set the whole tournament. I trusted the process really when I started training on clay. I knew that even though I did not have tournaments prior to Monte-Carlo, I still felt rusty on the court.
I knew I’m kind of player, particularly on clay, that needs more time, at least three, four weeks to get to the desired level. Historically that’s always been the case. “I usually peak here in Rome. I’ve had six titles but also had a lot of finals, semifinals.
Always a really good week of tennis with a lot of matches, competitiveness on the court. Anything that I was really looking for here in Rome I got. It’s the perfect kind of preparation and lead-up to Roland Garros”.