Novak Djokovic says he is fit, motivated, and very much finding his groove after a dominant start at the French Open.
The world number one dropped just seven points behind his first serve to beat Tennys Sandgren in their first-round clash, earning a 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 win despite the American producing a good level throughout.
It followed a run to the final of the Italian Open and the title in Belgrade last week, and he says he is feeling like he is in a pretty good place right now.
“Overall from [the] later stages of the Rome tournament until now, I’m just finding my groove on the court and striking the ball well,” Novak Djokovic said.
“[I’m] very pleased with the way I am feeling and playing on the court.
“I thought I played really well. Moved really well. I’m going to try to keep that up. Obviously it’s a long shot. It’s a long tournament.
“But I’ll take it match by match. And physically I’m also fit. I’m [as] motivated as anybody.”
Djokovic also had the honour of headlining the first ever men’s match for a Roland Garros evening session, although he admitted it left him with mixed feelings to a degree due to the curfew in Paris that means no fans could attend it.
“It was strange, honestly, but I’m also honoured to be the first men’s night session match [in the] history of this tournament, of this court,” Djokovic said,
“I had great support in Belgrade last week, and I was kind of filled with a good vibe, good energy from those matches that I played in front of a crowd, so I didn’t mind playing in front of an empty stadium tonight.”
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