'Novak Djokovic had some early losses but...', says expert

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'Novak Djokovic had some early losses but...', says expert

At the beginning of the year he lived through one of the most difficult moments of his career, but now we can affirm it without any doubt. Novak Djokovic is back. The Serbian champion had a great week at the Internazionali d'Italia in Rome and clearly beat Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final, whom he defeated 6-0, 7-6.

The Balkan tennis player maintained his first position in the ranking and won his first tournament of 2022 in Rome. At the end of the match, at a press conference, Novak explained his emotions: "I couldn't dream of a better week than this, I knew I would find my best form in Rome and that's how it was.

After what I went through at the beginning of the season, it was crucial for me to win a tournament of this level, and it served to show that I can clearly aspire to win Roland Garros." The Serbian looked back on everything that happened in Australia: "I see every situation that puts me in front of me as fuel for the next challenge, in general I always try to turn the page quickly.

I have never experienced anything like it in Australia, but enough is enough. I feel fresh physically and mentally." Novak continued talking about his current physical state: "In Monte-Carlo and Belgrade I wasn't at my best, but that was due to the illness I've had in the last few months.

In Madrid I played in very good condition and I think that in the defeat against Alcaraz I was already at my best, but he played a great game and deserved the victory. The favorites for Roland Garros? Both for the classification and for this tournament I can say that I am the favorite for the final victory.

Zagoria speaks about Djokovic

Over the course of the Holding Court with Patrick McEnroe podcast, tennis insider Adam Zagoria picked Novak Djokovic as the favorite ahead of Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros. "It's fascinating as it's mid-May and he has just won his first tournament of the year," Zagoria said.

"Normally for Novak he would have multiple titles at this point but he couldn't play in Australia, couldn't play the sunshine swing, had some early losses but he is obviously rounding into form, was very good this week."

While acknowledging the young Spaniard's phenomenal achievements this season, Zagoria remained skeptical as to how well Alcaraz could hang with the likes of Nadal and Djokovic on the Grand Slam stage. "He didn't play in Rome but you know he is coming off beating Rafa and Novak last week in Madrid - the first guy ever to beat both of them on the same clay court tournament and he just destroyed Alexander Zverev, the No. 3 player in the world in straight sets in the final," he said.