Novak Djokovic Outlines His Plan To Win The French Open
by Tom Gainey | March 22nd, 2016, 10:25 am

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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16 Comments for Novak Djokovic Outlines His Plan To Win The French Open

Ronn Says:

You can do it, Djoko, just play your game and the FO is yours…

Ben Pronin Says:

Does he really need to add more tournaments? Last year he ended up 3 days in a row due to the semifinal being pushed back and he looked somewhat spent at the end of the final. Will playing more really help him?

Giles Says:

Now watch him withdraw from Madrid nearer the time.
As for French Open, nah he won’t win that.

chrisford1 Says:

Like Pronin, I worry that he can get tapped out. Madrid, Davis Cup, the Olympics are all add-ons. He knows, Boris knows, Marian knows the issue Djokovic had over extending himself in 2011 and flaming out in the fall.
But he seems to be in great shape, is doing well conserving energy with his “play to win, not to dazzle, build up to peak at the big events” strategy.

anki Says:

Bad move if he intends to play Madrid. He is going to be burnt out by the time RG starts. I doubt though whether he will ever be able to win it, time is running out for him. This year may be his last legit shot at winning it.

SG1 Says:

Going after Rafa on his home turf…interesting. He really is ruthless.

jane Says:

^ what!? i am not sure if you meant that sarcastically, but it’s a mandatory masters. he’s merely saying he wants to be prepped. maybe he feels skipping madrid has been a detriment the last 2 seasons? maybe the tournament has been trying to get him to play? i don’t know, but i hardly think it’s a sign of how “ruthless” he is. :)

Giles Says:

“Ruthless” is putting it mildly.
He won’t play Madrid.

Giles Says:

” Skipping Madrid has been a detriment the last 2 seasons”
Lol. So how about the seasons he did play Madrid and came out sucking a dummy?

ABerg Says:

There is little reason for Djokovic to play Madrid. The playing conditions are nothing like Paris. He already won the tournament. Few of his sponsors are in the market. The crowd will be loud and hostile. It is too close to Rome. It will likely be near the end of the heavy lifting block.

Just go to Rome few days early and play sets with other early arrivals.

Green Lady Says:

Nothing wrong in what hes saying, and he will no doubt be the favorite , Rafas not the player he was, and even struggles on clay now, i suppose it depends how the lead up tournies pan out (which is more about how Rafa does, rather than Novak, i feel) ….

Tennis Vagabond Says:

As often happens in the busy clay season, if you find yourself going deep two tournaments in a row, you pull out of the third. But you put it in your schedule ‘in case’.

jane Says:

That could be the case TV

calmdownplease Says:

If he doesn’t win it yet again, it will become a big psychological…’thing’
I’m guessing to Novak it has a shade of that already going for it.

Tom Dinh Says:

NOLE, pls forget FO!

Pauly Says:


If Nadal plays his best
10 is a beautiful number
But people forget Stanislav

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