Novak Djokovic: I hope to play three more matches at Rome Masters

Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic claimed a comfortable win over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina at the Rome Masters but he acknowledged that he has got to lift his level going forward.

Djokovic, ranked at No. 1 in the world, cruised past Davidovich Fokina 6-2 6-1 to reach the Rome Masters quarterfinal.

Davidovich Fokina started the match with a break but then quickly lost his serve three times as Djokovic won the opener. 

Djokovic then took a 5-0 second-set lead and had three match points in the sixth game but failed to convert. 

However, Djokovic served out in the following game to set up a Stefanos Tsitsipas clash. 

“Today I’ve made too many forehand errors, easy errors. Probably tomorrow I won’t be able to get away with it, so I have to be more aware and focused,” Djokovic acknowledged, per Sasa Ozmo. 

“I feel like I’m heading in the right direction, raising my game, we have two and a half weeks until RG. Although I’ve won it (only) once, I’ve always been consistent in Paris.

“I hope to play three more matches here, the opponents are getting tougher, but that is what I need, in order to prepare for Paris.”

Overall, Djokovic was happy with his performance 

“I thought I played well. He started well and broke my serve in the first game. I made some errors, but I managed to break back right away and establish the control and consistency on the court. I think from the back of the court I was just a bit more solid than him,” Djokovic said in his post-match interview, per the ATP website.

“He made some unforced errors and double faults in key moments, which obviously helped me get that necessary break forward. I thought I played better, at least 20 or 30 per cent better, than I did against Fritz a few days ago. I am on a good trajectory and hopefully tomorrow will be even better.”

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