Novak Djokovic: These French Open conditions are quite suitable to my game style

Djokovic reacts to thrashing Mikael Ymer in his opener at the French Open.

by Dzevad Mesic
Novak Djokovic: These French Open conditions are quite suitable to my game style

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic acknowledged the conditions at this year's US Open are different to what they have used to but he is all good with them since he believes they suit well his game. Djokovic, seeded at No. 1, kicked off his French Open campaign with a straight-set win over rising Swedish star Mikael Ymer 6-0 6-2 6-3.

Djokovic, who exited the US Open in the round-of-16 after being defaulted, won the Rome Masters last week after beating Diego Schwartzman in the final. Djokovic has now made a positive start to his French Open campaign as he is aiming to win an 18th Grand Slam title this fortnight.

"Obviously these conditions are different than what we are used to here at Roland Garros… I think it's quite suitable to my style of the game,” Djokovic said, per the ATP website. “I actually enjoyed myself on the court today."

Djokovic happy with his performance

Djokovic made an outstanding start the match as he broke Ymer three times in the first set and didn't face a single break point to easily win the opener.

Djokovic claimed the first break of the second set in the third game to take a 2-1 lead but Ymer earned his first break of the match in the following game to level the set at two games apiece. But that was all from Ymer as Djokovic then collected back-to-back breaks to win four games in a row and take the second set.

In the third set, Djokovic blew an early break but then broke Ymer two more times to complete a straight-set win. “I think I played really well. A few hiccups here and there, but I think generally the game is there. I'm ready physically, mentally, emotionally to go deep in the tournament.

Hopefully I can have another successful year here in Paris”. Djokovic mixed shots and used a lot of drop shots. "I think it's a great variety shot, the dropshot. I think it's important tactically to have it and to use it at the right time so that you can keep your opponent always guessing what the next shot is,” Djokovic said.

“I may have played too many today, I agree. Maybe I exceeded what I should have played. But I think it worked well in the moments when I needed to get the point I did. And I thought that I kept my opponent today on the back foot constantly, because I felt comfortable to hit really any shot, being aggressive or coming to the net or mixing it up”.

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