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Novak Djokovic ‘Propelled’ To Contend For Titles & ‘Challenge Young Guns’

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Djokovic: ‘I’m Still Testing My Engine’

Favorite Novak Djokovic feels that he is completely roused and prepared to test himself against the world’s best players indeed as he plans to play at his second tour-level event of the season at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters this week.

“I still feel motivated to be on the Tour and compete with young guys and try to challenge the best players in the world for the biggest titles,” Djokovic said in his pre-tournament press conference.

“I’m very pleased to be here and Monaco has been home for over ten years. I have been eagerly waiting for the moment when I will be out competing again, so this is the best place where I could possibly start.”

The Serbian will begin his clay-court campaign against Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and is hoping he can take confidence from his strong results on the surface in 2021, when he clinched titles at Roland Garros and the Belgrade Open and advanced to the final at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia.

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“Clay court is the surface on which I grew up in Serbia and played many years only on that surface actually. Historically it hasn’t been my most successful surface, but I have had some big success on clay. [The] Roland Garros win last year is still fresh in my memory, so I try to use that as an inspiration to kick-start the clay-court season [in the] best possible way.

“I comprehend that I presumably will not be at my best toward the start of this current week. I’m actually trying my motor, so to say, and building my game, so it will take clearly some time, some matches to truly get ready and observe the cutthroat play that I truly need.”