Novak Djokovic: I'm on track to peak at the French Open

by personnel | May 9, 2024, 10:43 pm

Without a title this year, Novak Djokovic is not panicking. The world number one is ranked No. 1 at the Rome Masters and opens play on Friday. This is his first event since Monte Carlo after missing out on Madrid, which he says was part of the plan.

Djokovic turns 37 in a few weeks and says he is healthy and ready.

“I had enough time to rest and train,” Djokovic said Wednesday in Rome. “I had a good training block. I came here two days ago to train on the center court and also obviously stay for four or five days of training before my first match against the top players.

“I think I’m on the right track to peak at Roland Garros in Paris. I hope I can play better here in Rome than in Monte Carlo. This desire is obviously to always go far.

“But let's see. Now it's a different concept. For the first time in Rome and Madrid, the competition will last almost two weeks, as in Indian Wells and Miami. I think it will give you more time to recover between matches if you stay in the tournament, which I think will be good for me.”

Despite missing a title this season, Djokovic has made headlines off the court. The Serbian has split with coach Goran Ivanisevic and has just parted ways with his coach Marko Panici to reunite with Gebhard Grich. His coach is Nenad Zimonjic.

“Right now I’m working with a fitness trainer who I’ve worked with for many years,” Djokovic said. “It didn’t take long to adapt to his program and approach. We know each other very well. That's why I feel like we're in sync from the beginning in terms of what we want to do, how we want to approach the training program on and off the court. With Nenad, of course, too.

“I’m happy with how the last 10 and 14 days have gone in terms of training, preparation and anticipation for this tournament, especially Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the Olympics. This is the block for which we prepare the most.”

Six-time champion Djokovic will face Corentin Moutet in the first round.

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