‘Four tournaments is enough’ – Novak Djokovic confirms he’ll play Belgrade 2

Novak Djokovic has confirmed his intention to play in Belgrade the week before Roland Garros, although he reiterated he would be playing less from now on.

Djokovic headlined the Serbian Open last month when ATP Tour tennis returned to his homeland for the first time in nine years.

That tournament ended for him in the semi-finals when he lost to Russian ace Aslan Karatsev, although Serbian fans don’t have long to wait to see their idol again.

Following the week’s delay to the start of Roland Garros, Belgrade successfully applied to hold a second tournament in May.

Djokovic had previously expressed doubt about whether he would be able to play, stressing he has never played in tournaments in the week before a Grand Slam, but he now appears to have committed.

“It is a different schedule from what I had for so many years,” Djokovic explained. “Of course it does feel different. I don’t want to say strange because it’s not strange.

“I’m actually looking forward to take that next step in my career and my life where I’m going to spend more time with my family and just do other things that interest me.

“But, at the same time, I do play a specific amount of tournaments that would prepare me as best as possible for the grand slams.

“I didn’t play so great in Monaco and Belgrade, but I’m hopefully going to change that here in Rome and then another week in Belgrade before the French [Open].

“Four tournaments before the French is I think enough in terms of the match play.

“So I’m building my fitness and I’m building my game slowly step by step in order to peak in Paris. That’s definitely where I want to play my best.”

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