Novak Djokovic has been in a post-French Open mini-slump if you will. The Serb has won “just” one title in his last five events, and has been dealing with off court family issues, mental issues and even injury issues. But returning to Paris, where he completed his career Slam, might be the elixir to get him back on track.
“I feel good right now,” Djokovic said in Paris. “The last couple of months were not easy. Mentally I’ve had to redefine my goals and things that are happening on and off the court and just make sure that I’m in a good place and that I can perform as well as I expect from myself. Everything is clearer and I’m going in the right direction. I’m just focused right now on Paris.”
Djokovic is a 4-time Paris champion, winning the last four years including last year when he beat Andy Murray 6-2, 6-4.
Murray, however, is now a week from taking the No. 1 ranking from Djokovic.
“[Murray] definitely deserves to be in the position to finish up the year as No. 1,” Djokovic said. “Whether or not that’s going to happen, it doesn’t depend only on him. It depends on me, as well.”
Djokovic, who is in his 223rd week at No. 1, opens play against the Nicolas Almagro-Gilles Muller winner. He can maintain No. 1 by reaching the final.
“It’s exciting to get on the court and battle for every point, because there is always something on the line,” Djokovic added. “Almagro and Muller are quality players. Muller almost beat Nishikori in Basel. Almagro has a big forehand.
“But at the end of the day, it’s the quality that I put on the court that counts for me. I know I have won against those players in the past and I know what to do, and I’ll just try to be on the level that I want to be on.”
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