Publicado: Mier, Abril 17, 2019
Deportes | Por Godofredo Marrero

Djokovic eyes French Open final against Nadal as clay begins

Djokovic eyes French Open final against Nadal as clay begins

Nadal has won Monte Carlo 11 times, also a record. "Zverev has done really well on clay the past few years. He's still there", Djokovic said.

"I can't give you any feeling, it's been a rough year and a half for me", Nadal said. I've always been able to come back, it's nothing new for me.

"Anytime you play on your home court, you just feel more comfortable".

The top-ranked Djokovic has won the past three majors in straight sets, including a stunning rout of Nadal in the Australian Open final this year.

Tennis royalty met Monaco's royalty ahead of the ATP Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo. "It (winning Roland Garros) might be tougher for him than winning the Australian Open or Wimbledon, but I'm sure he can do anything if he tries 100 per cent", said Nishikori.

"And, finally, to win a Grand Slam again, especially in Augusta, probably his favorite one, means everything for him".

"He's been playing great tennis lately, winning two out of his last three events (Dubai and Miami with an Indian Wells final against Thiem)". Speaking in Monte Carlo, he reiterated that he "had a lot going on off the court".

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"All of our games will be tested big-time - but that's why we're here", Djokovic said of the slow Monte Carlo clay, which might be made even heavier by wet weather predicted for later in the week. "Indian Wells, Miami have been kind of so and so, in terms of how I played and the results". But I think, personally, people understood why he decided as well to skip the clay-court season a year ago and I also understand why he wants to play. He hasn't played it obviously last year or last few years, but, you know, it's hard to speak about Roger's level because it's always there. "That can serve only as an incentive".

Rafael Nadal offered a low-key appraisal today of his chances for a record-extending 12th Monte Carlo Masters title as he prepares to return from his latest injury lay-off.

Djokovic said beating Nadal in a French Open final would top the lot, but as the clay-court season begins in earnest this week, he knows doing it will be extremely hard.

"I don't see any particular issues for him on this (slow) surface".

"If he's physically fit he's definitely the number one guy on this surface, without a doubt. And then, you know, after him it's quite open". - Rafael Nadal won 46 straight matches in Monte-Carlo from 2005-13, but Djokovic brought that streak to an end in the 2013 final, putting on a clinical display to defeat the Spaniard in straight sets and lift his first title at the Masters 1000 tournament. But he says Rafa is the man to beat.

"It's true that there are a lot of issues that happened in the past year and a half that could be a moment to be a little bit frustrated, but being honest, every time I've had the chance to be back, I competed", Nadal said.

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