Second Grand Slam sweep the driving force for Novak Djokovic at Roland Garros
He has done it before so Novak Djokovic sees no reason why he can’t complete another Grand Slam sweep that will see him hold all four majors at the same time.
Having won Wimbledon and the US Open during the latter half of the 2018 season, Djokovic carried that form into the 2019 campaign as he won the Australian Open.
Next up is the French Open and if he lifts the trophy come June 9 then he will for the second time in his career hold the four Slams simultaneously as he also achieved the feat in 2013.
“I love playing in Roland Garros, always throughout my career, and especially in the last four or five years. I received a lot of support from the French crowd and also the international crowd that comes here. And I think because of that support, I also managed to win this title in 2016,” Djokovic said.
He added: “For me, there is an extra motivation and incentive to win Roland Garros because of the opportunity to hold all four Slams, something I did three years ago in my career, and that gives me obviously enough reason to believe I can do it again.”
He heads into this year’s tournament at Roland Garros with a different mindset as in 2018 he started the red dirt Slam having just returned from injury and struggling for form.
“Twelve months ago, the situation was quite different. Obviously recovering from an elbow surgery, dropping out of the top 20, and everything that I had to face on the court only 12 months ago,” the world No 1 said.
“Twelve months later, I hold three Slams and being No. 1 of the world, obviously it’s quite a different feeling approaching the tournament, with more confidence, and hopefully I can have a good two weeks.”
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