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Novak Djokovic could face Rafael Nadal twice as part of French Open ‘dress rehearsal’



NOVAK DJOKOVIC returns to action this week at the Serbian Open as he gears up for the French Open.

Novak Djokovic has confirmed two more events he plans to play in preparation for Roland Garros which could see him face off against Rafael Nadal twice. Djokovic is playing in just his third tournament of 2022 this week in his home event in Serbia.

The world No 1 will expect a preferred exhibition over his presentation at the Monte-Carlo Masters after he experienced a shock rout to Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. Djokovic’s principle objective remaining parts trying for a 21st Grand Slam title in Paris with the French Open starting off toward the finish of May.

The Serbian Open is a chance for Djokovic to build up some momentum on clay with a number of the world’s top players skipping the event to play in Barcelona where there are more ranking points up for grabs. Nadal was originally pencilled in to compete at the Barcelona Open, but has only just returned to the practice courts since picking up an injury at Indian Wells last month.

The Spaniard is supposed to return on schedule for the Masters 1000 occasions in Madrid and Rome toward the beginning of the following month. What’s more, Djokovic has now affirmed that he will likewise be intending to go to the two occasions in anticipation of Roland Garros


“I will be in Rome and Madrid, these will be my dress rehearsals for [Roland] Garros,” he said. “We do an evaluation after each tournament, so we’ll see.

“It also depends on how I play here.”

Novak Djokovic

The claycourt season is Djokovic’s first chance this year to put together a run of events after being unable to compete in several tournaments due to Covid regulations.

And Djokovic has made clear what he expects to achieve at the Novak Tennis Centre in Belgrade this week.

“I was unprepared for Monte Carlo, I knew that. I miss matches,” he said. “This is a background that requires frequent play. I hope to have more matches here than in Monte Carlo and I hope the support from the stands, it gives me the wind in my back.

“Roland Garros is the goal on clay this year and I think I’m in Paris for a while. I would not be satisfied with the semifinals here.”


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