‘I am not the fresher guy but I know what I need to do,’ says Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic has vowed to be ready physically for the French Open final after an epic semi-final win over Rafael Nadal.

Djokovic overcame Nadal in a four-hour marathon on Court Philippe-Chatrier on Friday night to give himself the chance of history on Sunday.

If he can beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final he will become the first man in the Open Era to win every major multiple times, and he knows he has limited time to recover from the Nadal epic.

“I’m not the fresher guy right now obviously but I have one day and a half to rejuvenate,” Djokovic explained.

“Right now it’s just about resting and then be ready to compete with a guy in a very good shape.”

“My recovery abilities are very good and my physio will keep me in shape. I’ll take things slowly. I know what I need to do.

Djokovic will have to face a man in form when he plays Tsitsipas, and he is playing in his first Grand Slam final after Djokovic denied him in the semis last year.

“Tsitsipas doesn’t want to stop there,” Djokovic said. “He leads race ranking this year.

“Clay is his best surface. It was a epic semi last year. I’ll need power.”

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