July 6, 2022

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Novak Djokovic fires Rafael Nadal French Open warning as he lastly returns to motion

Novak Djokovic is wanting ahead to getting again out on the court docket on the Monte-Carlo Masters this week, with the Serb set to compete in simply his second occasion of the yr. Djokovic has received the event twice earlier than and is ready to face Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in his first match on Tuesday.

The 34-year-old is hoping to defend his French Open title subsequent month and the Monte-Carlo Masters will present best preparation for Djokovic, with each tournaments happening on clay. And talking forward of the Masters, Djokovic fired a warning to rivals like Rafael Nadal, stating that he’s “motivated” to “problem the very best gamers on the planet for the largest titles”.

Talking on the pre-tournament press convention, Djokovic stated: “I nonetheless really feel motivated to be on the Tour and compete with younger guys and attempt to problem the very best gamers on the planet for the largest titles. I am more than happy to be right here and Monaco has been residence for over ten years.

“I’ve been eagerly ready for the second once I will probably be out competing once more, so that is the very best place the place I may probably begin. Clay court docket is the floor on which I grew up in Serbia and performed a few years solely on that floor really.

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In a collection of movies on Instagram previewing the clay season, Mouratoglou was stuffed with reward for Djokovic. “If you consider Roland Garros now, you may assume that it’s the most open for the final 10 to fifteen years,” he stated.

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“If Novak is ready to win rather a lot between the beginning of the clay season and Roland Garros, then it will not be that open. As a result of Novak when he’s at his prime, even on clay, I believe he’s the very best participant on the planet. I do know it is bizarre to say that once you see the variety of Roland Garros that Rafa has received. However in the event you take a look at the figures, Novak beat Rafa many instances on clay.”