Novak Djokovic says he is ‘lacking consistency’, but aiming to peak at Roland Garros

Novak Djokovic frustrated

It didn’t go according to plan for Novak Djokovic at the Monte-Carlo Masters, but the world No 1 is backing himself to claim the “ultimate goal on clay”, the French Open.

After winning his third consecutive Grand Slam when he lifted the Australian Open at the start of the season, the 15-time Grand Slam winner has failed to make it past the quarter-final stage in his next three tournaments.

His latest defeat came at the last eight at the Monte-Carlo Masters as he went down in three sets to Daniil Medvedev on Friday.

Despite “lacking consistency”, Djokovic is still backing himself to come good before this year’s French Open as Monte-Carlo was his first tournament on clay this year.

“Look, maybe I’m lacking the consistency with the top results in the last couple of years in the best tournaments, but Grand Slams I have been playing my best, and that’s what I intend to do.”

He added: “I mean, French Open is the ultimate goal on clay, and I hope I can — I mean, for sure, it’s expected in a way for me to peak right at that tournament, because that’s what I’m aiming for.

“This is only the first tournament on clay, and it’s a long season. Let’s see how it goes.”

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