‘Sharp from the blocks’ Novak Djokovic ready to make history again with ‘Nole Slam’

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Novak Djokovic on the charge

It was a solid start from Novak Djokovic at the 2019 French Open as he kicked off his campaign to win four consecutive Grand Slams again.

Having won the Wimbledon, US Open and Australian Open in the past 10 months, Djokovic made it 22 major wins in a row as he dispatched Hubert Hurkacz from Poland 6-4, 6-2, 6-2.

And he was delighted with his sharp start.

“I like the fact that I had a very good, quality opponent in the first round, because that gets me going with the right intensity from the start. I’m focused, I’m determined, and sharp from the blocks,” the Serb said.

“Even though I never played him, never faced him in official match, I still felt he can be a great threat if I allow him to play his tennis. So I actually thought I played well. All the elements in my game worked well, so I’m very pleased.”

Of course his big ambition is to hold all four Grand Slams at the same time again, something he achieved in 2016.

“I put myself in a situation where I can actually make history of tennis again and obviously I have very high ambitions for this tournament,” the world No 1 said.

“It’s not a secret. But at the same time, it’s not the first time that I’m facing these kind of circumstances. It’s not the first Grand Slam in my career. I have played so many.

“I know it’s two weeks potentially long, and I just need to be in my lockdown mentally, and just do things that have worked for me in the past.”

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