Novak Djokovic: I’m hoping to win Belgrade ahead of French Open

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is planning to rest as much as he can this week but he will do some work on the practice ahead of the Belgrade Open. 

Djokovic, who was the top seed at the Rome Masters, fell just short of winning it all at the tournament as Rafael Nadal beat him in the final 7-5 1-6 6-3. 

Djokovic was up by a break in the first set but Nadal responded with two breaks to steal the opener. 

The two players were tied at one game apiece in the second set, before Djokovic won five consecutive games to force a decider. 

Djokovic then failed in his bid to complete a comeback as Nadal claimed the lone break of the third set in the sixth game. 

“Well, this coming week I’m going to rest as much as I can, because I had enough time with the racquet on the court. So I’m just going to rejuvenate, regroup, and then start training again some days before the start of the Belgrade Open,” Djokovic said. 

Djokovic hopes to win Belgrade

In the first edition of the Belgrade Open, Djokovic was beaten by Aslan Karatsev in the semifinal. 

“I’m hoping I can go all the way there, playing at home, most likely we are going to see the crowd in the stands, so that’s going to be fantastic to kind of feed off that energy, to go to Paris with good feelings on the court, off the court, spend some time with the family additionally which I wouldn’t get if I go earlier to Paris,” Djokovic added. 

“Yeah, I’m looking forward. You know, I have to obviously keep the momentum going I feel with the quality of tennis. Do more training, of course, and some few more matches. I think I’m on the right way.

“Actually, last couple days really gave me the confidence boost for the clay. I found the game. So now I just have to maintain it, that level, and peak in Paris.”

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