French Open Djokovic

Djokovic shares the all-time men’s record of 22 Grand Slam titles with Nadal but can break that tie by winning the French Open for a third time. Nadal, the 14-time champion in Paris, is sitting out Roland Garros with a hip injury. With his 37th birthday fast approaching, the Spaniard has admitted that 2024 will likely be his final year on tour. “When he announced that he’s going to have the last season of his career, I felt part of me is leaving with him too,” said Djokovic.

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“It made me think about my career and how long I’m going to play. “I’m not going to make any announcement today, but just reflecting on it. I felt also a little bit emotional about what he was saying.”

Who is Novak Djokovic?

Novak Djokovic is a Serbian professional tennis player. He is currently ranked world No. 3 in singles by the Association of Tennis Professionals. Djokovic has been ranked world No. 1 for a record total 387 weeks in a record 12 different years, and finished as the year-end No. 1 a record seven times.

French Open Djokovic

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Serbian veteran Djokovic will not be the favorite for the title, though, after struggling with an elbow injury and failing to get past the quarter-finals in any of his three clay-court events so far this season.

Carlos Alcaraz won the Barcelona and Madrid Opens en route to taking over from Djokovic as world number one, while Daniil Medvedev is seeded second for Roland Garros after his maiden clay triumph in Rome.

But Djokovic will know this is a massive opportunity to break out of his tie with 14-time French Open winner Nadal at the top of the all-time list of most men’s Slam singles titles.

Subsequently, Djokovic disappointed in his ‘home’ tournament in Monaco, losing in the third round to Italian Lorenzo Musetti. The Srpska Open in Bosnia and Herzegovina saw a similarly underwhelming outcome. Fellow Serbian Dusan Lajovic beat Djokovic in straight sets in the quarters.

A troublesome elbow injury saw him pull out of the Madrid Open, and Djokovic lost in the quarter-finals of the Italian Open to Dane Holger Rune. Rune went on to lose the final to Medvedev.

Questioned about his spotty approach to the French Open, Djokovic was optimistic: “I know how to, how to manage myself and my team and look, you know, I haven’t had a fantastic preparation prior to Roland-Garros. But, you know, I’m always saying that Roland-Garros is where I want to peak. So I’m, I’m aiming for that and I’m hoping that I come to life and come to reality here.”

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