Novak Djokovic says confidence is high and he is ready for Roland Garros after securing the Belgrade Open title.
Djokovic decided to play the second tournament in Belgrade despite it being the week before the French Open, a week that the top players usually reserve for practice on the tournament courts.
But the world number one says the home tournament, which he won by beating qualifier Alex Molcan, has been the perfect build-up and has enabled him to fine-tune his game ahead of the Roland Garros challenge.
“It definitely gives me a great feeling and boost of confidence for flying into Paris,” said Djokovic.
“I am thrilled with the way I have been playing this week, very satisfied with the way I have been feeling on the court and striking the ball.
“Playing in front of quite a big crowd today and feeling that energy and support was something I was looking forward to,” said Djokovic. “Winning the [Belgrade] trophy is the best possible farewell for me ahead of Paris.”
Djokovic says his Rome Masters campaign also boosted his confidence on clay, which has always proven to be the hardest surface for him to win a major, having only won one Roland Garros title.
“I am ready. Paris is definitely one of the highest goals of the season and hopefully I will be able to kick start that tournament in the best possible way and work my way deep into the tournament,” said the Serbian.
“I feel that from the Rome tournament I have just been striking the ball better, finding my timing, using the court better, moving actually better. Not being a half a step late as I was in Monte Carlo at the beginning of the clay court season.
“I feel like Rome and this tournament have been really important for the confidence and for Roland Garros. I am ready, I’m fit and I’m motivated. I am just very happy with the lead up to Paris.”
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