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I’m on track to peak at Roland Garros: Novak Djokovic | Tennis news

NEW DELHI: To be ready for the second Grand Slam of the year, world number one Novak Djokovic skipped last month’s Madrid Masters and arrived early in Rome. However, he stated that he is getting ready to defend his French Open title.

The record 24-time Grand Slam champion is still chasing his first title of the year. The Serbian last competed at the Monte Carlo Masters in April, where he was defeated by Casper Ruud in the semi-finals.

The 37-year-old, who is currently training with former world number one doubles Nenad Zimonjic after parting ways with long-time coach Goran Ivanisevic, expressed his satisfaction with his progress ahead of Roland Garros, which takes place on May 26 begins.

“I had enough time to rest and train as well. I had a good training block. I arrived two days ago (in Rome) to get a hit on center court, obviously I will continue to train for four to five days before my first match with top players.” players,” Djokovic told reporters.

“Of course it’s different when you train with them, play practice sets, see where your game is and work your way into good shape for the first official match.

“I think I’m on the right track to peak at Roland Garros in Paris. Hopefully I can play better here in Rome than in Monte Carlo.” Djokovic also parted ways with fitness coach Marco Panichi, saying he had re-hired Gebhard Gritsch as he pursued success at the Grand Slams and the Paris Olympics.

“We know each other very well. That’s why I feel like we are on the same page from the start when it comes to what we want to do, how we want to approach the training program on and off the field. Also with Nenad.” Djokovic added.

“I am satisfied with the way the last ten to fourteen days have gone in terms of training, in preparation and looking ahead to this tournament, but especially Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the Olympic Games.”

(With Reuters inputs)