'That will give Novak Djokovic confidence', says former ATP ace

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'That will give Novak Djokovic confidence', says former ATP ace

On Sunday, Novak Djokovic defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-0 7-6(5) to win his first title of the year and Rome's sixth overall. "To a certain extent it's a relief because after everything that happened at the beginning of the year, it was important for me to win a big title, especially with the Grand Slams coming up, where obviously I want to play my best and be at the level of confidence.

I think more than the game, where I want to be to have a chance to win the title," Djokovic said, according to Tennis Majors. After a lackluster start to the clay court season, Djokovic delivered the best tennis of his own in Rome.

Now, Djokovic heads to the French Open very confident in his chances. After winning his first title of the year, Djokovic said that Rome was a perfect preparation for the French Open. "Couldn't ask for a better week," Djokovic said.

"Today I played a perfect set. I did not lose a set in the whole tournament. I trusted the process when I started training on clay. I knew that even though I had no tournaments before Monte Carlo, I still felt rusty on the court.

I knew that I am the type of player, especially on clay, who needs more time, at least three or four weeks to reach the desired level. Historically it has always been that way. I usually reach my maximum level here in Rome. I have had six titles, but also many finals, semi-finals.

It is always a very good week of tennis, with many matches, competition on the court. Everything I was looking for here in Rome I have achieved. It's the perfect kind of preparation for Roland Garros."

Mats Wilander on Nole Djokovic

In an interview with Marca, former World No.

1 Mats Wilander said Novak Djokovic was the favorite for Roland Garros given the form he showed in Rome. "For many reasons I have to say Novak (Djokovic). First because he has just won Rome and that will give him confidence; then because I think he has within him a feeling of revenge after everything that has happened to him in recent months...

Not being able to play the Australian Open. He is the defender of the crown," he said. The Serb looked to be in vintage form at the Italian Open and will thus be the heavy favorite to win the French Open. "He has proven to himself that he can return to playing long matches despite the defeat to Alcaraz in Madrid.

In Monte Carlo he gave a bad impression at the end of his match with Davidovich, he looked tired. Now he's better and he appears to be. He is the favorite in Paris," the Swede said.