‘Now it’s about fine-tuning’ – Novak Djokovic confident he is ready for French Open

Novak Djokovic says his appearance at Belgrade 2 this week is a case of doing some ‘fine-tuning’ ahead of the French Open.

Djokovic does not usually play in the week leading up to a Grand Slam, although he has opted to this time since there is an event in his homeland.

He also has a little bit of form going into it having reached the final of the Rome Masters in his last tournament, although he was pipped to the title by Rafael Nadal.

However, he says he is happy with where his game is currently at, and he thinks it will be even better by the time he arrives at Roland Garros.

“I’ve been setting up everything to peak in Paris,” Djokovic told the press in Belgrade.

“And here it’s about matchplay and it’s about working on certain specific details in my game that hopefully I’ll be able to tweak them and to make them perfectly tuned in Paris.

“That’s definitely where I want to shine and it’s a Grand Slam. It’s a two-week long event, it’s clay, it’s very demanding in every aspect.

“But I’m happy with the way I’ve been feeling on the court and playing, so hopefully I can go all the way there.

“I’m doing more specific fitness that is related to more matchplay. It’s not any more long hours lifting weights and stuff like this.

“We have obviously a programme that we are respecting and accomplishing on the court with tennis training and also fitness training.

“Obviously now it’s more of a fine-tuning, more [focusing on the] details, [doing] more of certain exercises that activate certain muscles and movements that are necessary for me to have that feeling of being dynamic and being fast and being strong on the court.”

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