Novak Djokovic's brutal honesty: "I have low expectations and high hopes"

The Serbian tennis player revealed what he wants to achieve, at the Roland Garros media day

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Novak Djokovic's brutal honesty: "I have low expectations and high hopes"
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Novak Djokovic
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"I have low expectations and high hopes. I know what I'm capable of and usually in Slams I play my best tennis or at least that's the goal. I want to give my best here in Paris, last year was incredible and I hope to do a great tournament. These first five months of the season have certainly influenced me and I focus every day on being able to develop form and momentum to go as far as possible."

On the media day of the Roland Garros, the Serbian champion Novak Djokovic explained in depth what are his feelings on the eve of his match at the French Open. With brutal honesty, the Serbian explained how he wants to give his all in Paris, but how he has low expectations. Djokovic is experiencing a very difficult moment at the beginning of 2024 and also in Geneva he highlighted various difficulties and is struggling to express his best tennis.

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Between Rome and Geneva, Nole gave in to athletes that he probably would have defeated without problems in the past and gave less than satisfactory answers. He is now called to the litmus test in Roland Garros, a tournament that he won last year and among the most important in history. Nole also wants to defend the ATP No.1 spot in the ranking but is aware that there will be difficulties on the horizon. 

"Bad periods are obstacles, I wouldn't define them as dark dangers. You always have to look ahead, to the next challenge and to understand what it takes to be better than the previous week. This is the mentality I want to maintain, I know my qualities and I know I can compete at the highest levels. I have won 24 Slams and I know what I have to do to move forward. It is a type of tournament different from the others and sensations that no other tournament gives you. I'm embarrassed to say what my expectations are but any result other than winning the title is not satisfactory.

It may sound arrogant but I think my career supports that. I play to stay at the highest levels and try to write new pages in the history of sport, winning Paris is always important. Those are my goals, but I have to lower my expectations. In any case I have to look at it day after day and in this way I will be able to have the necessary strength to reach the final. Several things have happened in the last few months but I don't want to talk about it, I don't want to open Pandora's Box. I'm just trying to focus on tennis and everything that happened is in the past," he explained.

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