Novak Djokovic says he wasn’t fatigued in the Rome final against Rafael Nadal, and it has been a big confidence booster ahead of Roland Garros.
Djokovic lost the first set, dominated in the second, and finally lost out in a tight third to Nadal, who claimed 10th Rome title by winning 7-5, 1-6, 6-3.
But rather than feel disappointed by the result, the world number one is taking all of the positives and says he now has ‘good sensations’ ahead of the French Open.
“I didn’t feel any fatigue. I could have gone for another few hours,” said Djokovic.
“Last few days were a confidence booster for clay, I’ve found the game. Now I have to keep it and peak in Paris.
“Going into Paris I have good sensations now, I feel like I am playing the way I want to on clay.
“I will play in Belgrade as well, hopefully I will be ready to rock n roll in Paris and to go all the way.”
Asked how he felt playing Nadal in the final, which was their 57th clash in total, Djokovic said it was the best challenge he could have.
“I was happy to play him because of fine tuning for Roland Garros. There isn’t bigger challenge than playing him in the final. I could’ve been out in the quarter-final.
“Today I was a bit unfortunate not to use some opportunities, bur 3 hours of high quality tennis.
“Nadal was the better player in the decisive moments, but I have a lot of positives to take away from today.
“I am going to rest as much as I can next week, then start to train a couple of days before Serbia open. There will be crowd probably. I am looking forward to it.”
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