The big hole on Novak Djokovic’s resume remains the French Open. The World No. 1 would his third straight Indian Wells title, his fifth overall, and he ties Rafael Nadal atop the lead in Masters 1000 titles at 27.
But talk turned Sunday after his to win to the French Open, which Djokovic needs to complete the Career Grand Slam.
Djokovic said other than playing Madrid, not much will change after losing in the finals from a set up the last two years.
“I’m planning to play many more tournaments before Roland Garros, first of all, in order to get myself ready and respect the schedule and the other tournaments,” Djokovic said.
“Roland Garros has been and is this year again one of the top priorities of the season,” he said. I felt like I have been coming closer and closer to the title in the last couple of years. I’m not going to change much in terms of preparation for the event. I think the schedule is going to be the same, except I’m still planning to play Madrid, which I didn’t the last two years.
“I think in order to get yourself in match-ready situation, you need to play matches on that surface before, at least two tournaments, strong tournaments. So that’s what I’m going to do.
“And again, I grew up on clay, I love playing on clay. I still haven’t won that Grand Slam played on clay courts, but I have gotten very close a couple of times, and I know that it doesn’t take too much more to win the trophy. So I’m going to keep on going and believing that maybe I can reach this year.”
Before the clay, Djokovic, who is 22-1 this year with three titles in four tournaments, has a title defense in Miami on Friday.
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