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Novak Djokovic on course for ‘peak form’ at French Open

Novak Djokovic said he is preparing to reach top form for his title defense at the French Open, after the world number one skipped last month’s Madrid Masters and arrived early in Rome to continue his preparations for the second grand slam of the year to put.

The Serbian last competed at the Monte Carlo Masters in April, where he lost to Casper Ruud in the semi-finals. The 24-time Grand Slam champion is still looking for his first trophy of the season.

The 37-year-old, who has parted ways with long-time coach Goran Ivanisevic, is currently working with former world number one doubles Nenad Zimonjic and said he was happy with his progress ahead of Roland Garros from May 26.

“I also had enough time to rest and train. I’ve had a good training block. “I arrived (in Rome) two days ago to get a hit on center court, and of course I will continue to train for four to five days before my first match with top 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.

Novak Djokovic is doing well to defend his French Open title (Getty Images)

“I think I am 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 pursues success at the grand slams and the Paris Olympics.

“We know each other very well. That’s why I feel like we’ve been aligned from the very beginning in terms of 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 10-14 days have gone in terms of training, preparation and anticipation for this tournament, but especially Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the Olympic Games.”