Novak Djokovic is preparing to defend the title he won in Paris last year, when he came back two sets behind Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final. The number 1 in the world has just returned from triumph at the BNL Internationals of Italy and is determined to win his third Roland Garros.
The Serbian phenomenon did not leave a single set on the street at the Foro Italico in Rome, issuing a clear warning to his rivals in view of the second major of the season. The 34-year-old from Belgrade did not have an easy start to the season, thanks to his choice not to get vaccinated against Coronavirus.
In addition to not being able to defend the title at the Australian Open, the 20-time Grand Slam champion also suffered serious damage to his image. Due to strict US regulations, Nole was forced to miss the Indian Wells and Miami Masters 1000s as well.
Djokovic presides over the top of the scoreboard together with Rafael Nadal, Alexander Zverev and Carlos Alcaraz, who beat him in the Mutua Madrid Open semifinal. During an interview with 'NDTV', Somdev Devvarman analyzed Novak's chances in Paris.
Djokovic is all set to defend his French Open title
"The good news for Novak Djokovic despite losing the semis to Alcaraz in Madrid, he's gone ahead and won the title in Rome and he's won it fairly convincingly.
I think when it comes to Novak, he's definitely going into the French Open with as good as the form he can expect and he for sure would have liked to have won a title and the fact that he's won a huge title in Rome is going to give him confidence and I think he's going to be exactly where he wants to be," Devvarman said.
Devvarman added that he wasn't surprised by Djokovic's surprising losses early on in his comeback. The Indian added that his lack of match play hampered his form. "The World No. 1 needs tennis matches under his belt, the World No.
1 needs to be sharp, have wins, win tournaments, you know, feel like he's out there playing his best tennis," Devvarman said. Last year’s French Open champion Novak Djokovic is all set to defend his French Open title this year.
Incidentally, this will be his very first Grand Slam of the season. Earlier, he missed the Australian Open after a lot of controversy surrounding his non-vaccination. Then, he missed quite a few big tournaments in the USA.