Novak Djokovic: ‘No difference between playing Rafael Nadal in semi-final or final’

Novak Djokovic says it makes no difference whether you play Rafael Nadal in a French Open semi-final or final.

Djokovic has been drawn in the same half as 13th time Roland Garros winner Rafael Nadal which means if they play each other it will be in the semi-final rather than the final.

The Serbian’s coach, Goran Ivanisevic, said that might be an advantage for Djokovic, but he himself is not quite so sure.

When asked if he agreed with Ivanisevic’s assessment, Djokovic replied: “I don’t know, to be honest.

“I don’t think it makes a significant difference playing [Nadal] in the semi-final or final.

“Playing him, whether it is the first round or in the final on clay at Roland Garros, is the highest challenge you can have.

“I did face him many times on centre court at Roland Garros and know how it feels to play him there, but I feel after our match up in Rome that I have a good chance playing him or anybody.”

Djokovic, who lost last year’s final to Nadal in straight sets, will get his French Open campaign underway on Monday when he faces American Tennys Sandgren in the first round.

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