‘Motivated’ Novak Djokovic happy to be ‘cruising along’ at French Open

Novak Djokovic on the charge

You can’t blame Novak Djokovic for being happy to “cruise along” and “conserve energy” for the business end of the French Open.

The world No 1 hasn’t really been tested so far at Roland Garros as he won his four matches in straight sets, the latest a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Jan-Lennard Struff from Germany.

With the win he became the first man to reach 10 consecutive quarter-finals at the French Open.

Naturally he is delighted with his progress so far, but he knows more difficult matches are coming as he will face Alexander Zverev in the last eight.

“I don’t mind cruising along, to be honest,” he said. “I have plenty of experience, I think, dealing with situations where you’re facing break points or where it’s tense.

“I have played plenty of tight matches in my career that I can rely on that experience. I think it’s good to be tested but, at the same time, it’s also good to cruise along and kind of conserve the energy for what’s coming up.”

The Serb added: “I am satisfied so far with my game. I mean, I reached the quarter-finals and played as close to my best tennis on clay as I think I can be at the moment.

“I’m really pleased with every aspect of my game. So everything is coming together beautifully. I’m motivated to fight for the trophy, yes, that’s why I’m here. But it’s still a long way to go.”

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