Novak Djokovic hopes to get his best tennis already in Rome

After skipping Madrid, the Serbian champion will compete in the 2024 Internazionali BNL d'Italia

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Novak Djokovic hopes to get his best tennis already in Rome
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Novak Djokovic can't wait to take the tennis court at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia (The last ATP Masters 1000 on clauy-courts which will be played on the eve of the Roland Garros - ed.) where he hopes to be able to find his best level again.

During the final awards ceremony, organized in Madrid at the Galería De Cristal, the Serbian champion made some interesting statements to Sky Sport.

Djokovic acknowledged that he did not express himself at his best in the first part of the season and reiterated his desire to build the right form to present himself at 100% in the most important tournaments of 2024.

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Novak Djokovic wants to find his best tennis from Rome

The 36-year-old highlighted the Roland Garros, Wimbledon, the Olympic Games of Paris 2024 and the US Open, but explained that he wants to start again strongly from Rome.

"I hope I can play my best tennis in Rome. This year I'm struggling a bit to find my level, but it's going well. This is sport and sometimes you don't start the season the way you want. Even my age, but I'm always motivated.

Now the most important moment of the season begins with Roland Garros, Wimbledon, the Olympics and the US Open, where I want to express my best tennis. But this period begins with Rome, which I love very much. I always get great support and it's a beautiful city. I hope to play a good tournament," he told.

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Djokovic was named Best Sportsman of the Year at the Laureus World Sports Awards for the fifth time in his career and beat off competition from Lionel Messi, Erling Haaland, Max Verstappen, Mondo Duplantis and Noah Lyles.

Novak Djokovic awarded at the 2024 Laureus Awards as sportsman of the year

The Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award was awarded to Novak Djokovic, who won his fifth award.

Tom Brady, seven-time Super Bowl winner, honored the 24-time slam champion. The ATP No.1, happy for yet another recognition, looked back on his fantastic 2023.

"I am very honored to have won my fifth award as Sportsman of the Year. I think back to 2012, when I won this award for the first time: I was 24 years old and I am very proud to be here 12 years later thinking back to a 2023 that has brought me and my fans great joy. It was exciting to come back to Australia last year and win my tenth title. It's a tournament close to my heart and one that paved the way for an incredible 12 months," he said.

Nole, who recently broke up with the historic coach Goran Ivanisevic, but there is no shortage of words of gratitude towards the people who helped him achieve numerous goals.

"I couldn't have been so successful without an incredible team behind me and without meeting inspiring opponents who always pushed me to be the best version of myself. Earning the vote of my sports idols makes these awards special.

I am very happy to be among the winners, but I am also an admirer and supporter of Laureus Sport for Good. This figurine is unique because it represents something more than just a sporting achievement,” he explained.

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