World number 1 Novak Djokovic will be eyeing up the upcoming Roland Garros after a successful Belgrade Open where he lifted the trophy after beating Alex Molcan 6-3 6-4 in the final on Sunday. The Serb seemed to be getting back to his best as he moved around the court quicker, used more power in his strikes, timed the ball better, and had a dominating presence throughout the tournament. It was Djokovic’s 83rd ATP Tour title and he won the crown on home soil. Focus now shifts to Paris as the world number 1 looks to win a tournament that is dominated by his long-time rival, Rafael Nadal.
“It definitely gives me a great feeling and boost of confidence for flying into Paris,” he said. “I am thrilled with the way I have been playing this week, very satisfied with the way I have been feeling on the court and striking the ball. I am ready. Paris is definitely one of the highest goals of the season and hopefully, I will be able to kick start that tournament in the best possible way and work my way deep into the tournament,” he added.
The Serb will be aiming to put a halt to Nadal’s dominance and win his second major on clay after his triumph in 2016. He will start his French Open campaign against Tenys Sandgren. Djokovic is confident about his chances and feels that things are falling into place.
“I feel that from the Rome tournament I have just been striking the ball better, finding my timing, using the court better, moving actually better,” he said. “Not being a half a step late as I was in Monte Carlo at the beginning of the clay-court season.”
“I feel like Rome and this tournament has been really important for the confidence and for Roland Garros. I am ready, I’m fit and I’m motivated. I am just very happy with the lead-up to Paris,” he concluded.