Novak Djokovic revealed his plan of attack for this clay season. The Serb who’s the defending champion this week in Monte Carlo, said Sunday that this season he’ll concentrate more on the lead-up tournaments to the French Open.
“Last year, Roland Garros was more in my mind,” said Djokovic. “It was in my thoughts constantly. I’m not saying it’s good or bad, and it doesn’t mean that this year I don’t want to win it. Of course I will put all my effort into it, but only when the time comes.
“Right now I want to dedicate my attention to Monte-Carlo, Madrid and Rome, three very big tournaments on clay. This is where I want to do well and eventually get myself in a very good position in terms of confidence for the French Open.
“Last year, I put a lot of energy – mentally, physically and emotionally – into winning that title. It didn’t help much for the tournaments prior to that, like Madrid and Rome. I have a different kind of approach this year. On the ATP World Tour we have a lot of important tournaments. When the time comes we will talk about the Grand Slams.”
After a successful March campaign in America where he won his first two titles of the season, Djokovic will be rejoined by new coach Boris Becker this week as he begins his campaign on clay.
“Right now I do have confidence after the wins that I had in Indian Wells and Miami,” Djokovic said. “They arrived at the right moment for me because I had a bit of a slow start to the season. Beating Rafa and Roger in the finals definitely gives me a confidence boost. Hopefully I can use that at the start of the clay court season.”
Djokovic beat Nadal in the final last year ending Rafa’s 8-year reign at the event. Seeded second, Djokovic will open against Albert Montanes.
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