Novak Djokovic on French Open: I always feel inspired to play my best tennis here



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Novak Djokovic on French Open: I always feel inspired to play my best tennis here

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has confirmed that he isn't lacking any motivation at the French Open as he has noted that he is always extra inspired to do well at Roland Garros. Djokovic, who is set to turn 35 this week, made his French Open debut in 2005 and he has many deep runs at Roland Garros throughout his career.

Djokovic lost three French Open finals, before winning his first title at Roland Garros in 2016. Last year, Djokovic captured his second French Open title after recovering from two sets down in the final to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas.

"Everyday, I feel inspired to play my best tennis here. In the past it happened, including the indoor Masters 1000. Last year was maybe the toughest of the Slams I won," Djokovic said, per Tennis Majors. "Musetti, Berrettini, Rafa, Tsitsipas : every match lasted more than three hours, a lot of sets.

It was exhausting but I loved the outcome."

Djokovic drawn to meet Yoshihito Nishioka

On Thursday, Djokovic learned his first round opponent at the French Open.

Djokovic, seeded at No. 1, will face Japan's Nishioka in the first round. "Amazing to see the public already there for the training and the qualifications. You can feel they missed tennis. At this stage in my career, the energy from the crowd is one of the reasons for which I continue," Djokovic added.

Djokovic and Nishioka have clashed two times and the Serb has two wins over the Japanese. Djokovic and Nishioka met for the first time in a Davis Cup match in 2019, when the Serb defeated the Japanese.

At the 2020 Australian Open, Djokovic claimed a straight-set win over Nishioka. Now, Djokovic and Nishioka are set to meet for the third time in their respective career. Anything besides a convincing Djokovic win would be a surprise. Djokovic won Rome last week and he is considered among top favorites for the French Open crown.