Greg Rusedski backs Novak Djokovic to return to his best for French Open
Novak Djokovic may be struggling at the moment, but Greg Rusedski sees no reason why he can’t be back to his best by the French Open.
The former world No 1 has battled to find form since returning to action after a “small medical intervention” on his elbow.
He first lost his opening match against Taro Daniel at the Indian Wells and then suffered a similar fate against Benoit Paire at the Miami Open last week.
Outside of the Sunshine Double he only competed at the Australian Open, which was his first tournament since the Wimbledon quarter-final, as he opted to sit out the remainder of the 2017 campaign due to his elbow injury.
“I am not really concerned about Djokovic,” Rusedski told Sky Sports. “I think he will be back once he feels fit again and is mentally there and gets the matches in.
“The question mark is how well the elbow is after the surgery. That was one thing he had to get done and he has but it is just a matter of time, being back in match situations and finding a way to get the job done.
“I wouldn’t be surprised to see the old Djokovic back [to his best] possibly before the French Open or for Wimbledon.
“You don’t just lose it, being such a great player. It’s mental but it is also physiological because at times it looks like he is getting tired when historically we have never seen him look fatigued.
“But when you have been away from the game it does take that little longer. We are not all Roger Federer!”
Djokovic admitted after his Miami Open defeat that the plan was to compete at the Monte Carlo Masters next, but he also revealed that he might tweak his schedule adding “let’s see what happens”.
Rusedski, though, says the 12-time Grand Slam winner needs more matches under his belt.
“He needs as many matches as he can get. If I was Novak, along with Radek Stepanek and Andre Agassi I would get him to play every single week,” he said.
“It is not about getting his preparation to be perfect for the French Open, because that is not what he is looking for.
“He is aiming to get confidence and match wins so you have just got to put yourself in that situation week in week out as long as the elbow can take it.
“If the elbow can take it then play as many tournaments leading up to the French because it will help to get his rhythm, feel and confidence back.
“You can practice all you want and be brilliant in practice but match play is totally different.”
Exclusive – Annabel Croft urges tennis players not to treat the media as their enemy
Former British No.1 Annabel Croft fears some…
Cameron Norrie sets up Matteo Berrettini final after big win at Queen’s Club
The 25-year-old will now face top seed Matteo Berrettini as he looks to claim his first ATP title.
Andy Murray’s cheeky post from England v Scotland game creates social media stir
Andy Murray has tended to avoid getting involved in the England v Scotland rivalry, but he couldn’t resist on Friday night.
British number one Dan Evans goes out at quarter-final stage at Queen’s Club
But Cameron Norrie books his place in the last eight.
Dan Evans has his run at Queen’s Club ended by Matteo Berrettini
Top seed Matteo Berrettini reached the semi-finals with a 7-6 (5) 6-3 victory.
Exclusive – Tennis needs to build ‘female workforce’ to reach a new audience
Judy Murray wants to see more women participating in tennis at all levels.
Naomi Osaka will not play at Wimbledon but she is preparing to return to the game
Wimbledon is set to begin on June 28 and Naomi Osaka will be missing.
Andy Murray insists his ambition is not dented after compressive defeat at Queen’s Club
The Scot was overpowered 6-3 6-3.
Wimbledon organisers defend online ticket sale amid complaints from fans
Vast majority of those applying had no issues.
Impressive Matteo Berrettini ends Andy Murray’s Queen’s Club comeback
Andy Murray was overpowered by Matteo Berrettini.