Djokovic isn’t worried about having not played in two months since his Australian Open title. And the fact the event is being held where he lives is an added bonus.
“I have had some periods in my career where I didn’t play a tournament for maybe couple months, then came back,” Djokovic said. “I don’t think there is anything special I have to do in terms of preparation in order for me to feel my best on the court.
“I’ve been training quite a lot on clay. Actually ever since I pulled out from Miami, I was hitting on clay. Here in Monte Carlo actually where I reside with the family, it was convenient and feels great. I feel physically prepared. Mentally I missed tennis last couple months that I haven’t been competing. I look forward to my first match.”
Djokovic begins his bid for a third Monte Carlo title against the winner of Jannik Sinner and former finalist Albert Ramos-Vinolas. Not an easy draw to start.
“He’s very, very nice person,” Djokovic said of Sinner. “He’s working really hard. He’s devoted. He’s got all the goods that he needs in order to become a champion. He’s in a right way. He’s surrounded with very good people from tennis coach, fitness coach, physio. I know all these people from a long time. Riccardo was my coach the first years of my professional career. He’s in good hands.
“He’s very ambitious. Playing finals of Miami was obviously highlight of his career so far. But I think he has been very consistent player actually. He’s always playing at least quarters or semis of the 250s or 500s. He has been very impressive. It seems like he’s not satisfied with what he has achieved so far. He wants to do more, which is great to see there’s the hunger in him.
“We never faced each other in official match, so it would be definitely great to play him on clay, and let’s see what happens.”
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