‘Win Roland Garros? There is a big problem called Rafael Nadal,’ jokes Novak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal is ‘a problem’ that no one can seem to solve at Roland Garros, admits Novak Djokovic, but he’s ready to take another shot at it.

Djokovic is one of only two players to ever beat Nadal on the red dirt of Paris, with the other, Robin Soderling, long retired.

He also, though, suffered a rare humbling when he was bageled by the Spaniard in the 2020 final last October, and he knows just how tough it will be to get the better of him in his favourite event.

“[The French Open] still has a big problem called Rafael Nadal! But we’ll try,” Djokovic told France.tv.

“If you have any advice [on how to beat him], don’t hesitate! You must be on top physically and mentally.

“I once beat Nadal at Roland Garros but I lost very, very often.

“And I think that’s the biggest challenge you have in tennis today. But I love challenges, it requires you to give your best.”

Djokovic has made little secret of the fact he is now fully focused on the Grand Slam race after securing the historic world number one record this week.

The French Open has an extra significance there, as if he can win it this year he will become the first man to win every major multiple times.

“Yes I can say it, it’s my biggest priority now to win as many Grand Slam titles as possible,” he said.

“I’m trying to organize my schedule around that, especially for Roland Garros this year.”

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