Novak Djokovic has warned his rivals that the conditions at Roland Garros this year ‘suit his game’.
Djokovic opened his quest for a second French Open crown by demolishing Mikael Tmer 6-0, 6-2, 6-3 in the opening round.
Rafael Nadal has been highly critical of the conditions at Roland Garros this year, where the weather is colder and the ball is heavier.
However, Djokovic appears to be very comfortable in the cooler, slower conditions.
“Obviously these conditions are different than what we are used to here at Roland Garros… I think it’s quite suitable to my style of the game,” Djokovic warned.
“I actually enjoyed myself on the court. I think I played really well.
“A few hiccups here and there, but I think generally the game is there.
“I’m ready physically, mentally, emotionally to go deep in the tournament. Hopefully I can have another successful year here in Paris.”
One big weapon for Djokovic in these conditions is the drop shot, and it’s one he is already experiencing a lot of joy with.
“I think it’s a great variety shot, the dropshot,” he explained. “I think it’s important tactically to have it and to use it at the right time so that you can keep your opponent always guessing what the next shot is.”
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