A few days from Roland Garros, Novak Djokovic decided, quite surprisingly, to play the Atp tournament in Belgrade 2, a home tournament, with Nole who will perhaps try to avenge the defeat he suffered against Karatsev in the Belgrade 1 tournament.
The number one in the world spoke at a press conference and analyzed his feelings about him for a tournament where he appears to be the clear favorite. His goal is clearly to win the tournament to better prepare for Roland Garros.
Novak Djokovic referred to his Italian Open final
Speaking to the media ahead of his Belgrade campaign, Novak Djokovic explained why the match practice in his hometown event is so important for his Roland Garros chances.
The 34-year-old then went on to assert that Slams are a different ball game compared to other tournaments, something that is particularly highlighted at the clayocurt Major. "That’s definitely where I want to shine and it’s a Grand Slam," Djokovic said.
"It's a two-week long event, it's clay, it's very demanding in every aspect. But I’m happy with the way I've been feeling on the court and playing, so hopefully I can go all the way there. I finished the final in Rome very happy with the way I played," Djokovic said.
"Physically I finished well and I felt that in the final I could have continued for a few hours more. That means that I am ready to fight the best of five sets against the best players on the circuit. I am fully prepared to go to Roland Garros for everything.
I'm doing more specific fitness that is related to more matchplay," Novak Djokovic said. "It’s not anymore long hours lifting weights and stuff like this. We have obviously a programme that we are respecting and accomplishing on the court with tennis training and also fitness training."
The French Open 2021 begins today. From May 24 till 28, the qualifying rounds are scheduled to take place. Following that, the main draw ceremony will be held on Friday and the first round matches will begin from Sunday, May 30 onwards.
The qualifying round matches begin at 10:30 am on May 24. Players will have to win the three qualifying matches before they book a spot in the main draw. When the main draw matches begin, the tournament will continue for two weeks.
This year, the women’s final will be on Saturday, June 12, and the men’s final will be played on the Sunday following that.