World number one Novak Djokovic says he is ready to peak at French Open | Tennis News – Times of India

World number one Novak Djokovic says he is ready to peak at French Open | Tennis News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: World number one Novak Djokovic expressed confidence in his ability to hit top form for the French Open and aims to showcase his readiness at the Italian Open, which commenced on Wednesday.
Speaking at a press conference in Rome, Djokovic emphasised his focus on key upcoming events such as the French Open, Wimbledon, and the Olympic Games.He disclosed strategic reasons for his decision to skip the recent Madrid event, prioritising his preparation for the major tournaments ahead.
“It was not part of the schedule. The plan was to come here. That’s basically it,” said Djokovic at a press conference at the Italian Open.
Djokovic, who will celebrate his 35th birthday on May 22, just ahead of the French Open commencing on May 26, expressed his aspirations to deliver a stronger performance than his recent showing at the Monte Carlo Masters.
Djokovic, who suffered a defeat in the semi-finals to Casper Ruud, aims to elevate his game and make a mark in the upcoming tournaments, starting with the Italian Open.
“I’m on a good route to peak at Roland Garros in Paris,” he said.
“Hopefully, here in Rome I can play better than I did in Monte-Carlo.”
“The wish, obviously, is always to go far, but let’s see.”
As the top seed in the Italian Open, Djokovic, a six-time champion of the tournament, received a bye in the first round.
Djokovic noted that the expansion of the event to nearly two weeks has influenced scheduling decisions, providing players with additional considerations for their preparation and participation.
“It’s a different concept now, the first time that Rome and Madrid are almost two-week events, like Indian Wells, Miami.
“It gives you more time to recover between matches if you keep going in the tournament, which I think is useful for me.”
Continuing his efforts to refine his team, Djokovic has rehired former physio Miljan Amanovic for “certain weeks” throughout this season. Amanovic previously worked with Djokovic from 2007 to 2017 and returned to his team from 2018 to 2022.
In recent months, Djokovic has made significant changes to his staff, parting ways with coach Goran Ivanisevic and his publicity team as part of his ongoing restructuring efforts.
“I’m a proponent of having a quality team and entourage around you, having people who are experts in their field, who have experience, who have knowledge, who also understand psychology as well,” he said.
“They know how to emotionally approach you when you need help or when you need space.
“You spend a lot of time on the tour together.
“You see them much more than you see your family, especially when you’re younger, when you’re travelling literally every single week of the year.”
(With AFP inputs)

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