Novak Djokovic set his sights on completing the elusive career Grand Slam at this year’s French Open after confirming his mastery of men’s tennis at the Australian Open.
With six Grand Slam titles at the age of 25, the Serbian world No. 1 could be forgiven for taking it easy but immediately after clinching his fourth Melbourne win, his mind was on Roland Garros in May.
Djokovic has gone from the Paris quarterfinals to the semifinals and the title match in successive seasons, falling to seven-time winner Rafael Nadal last year, and now he wants to take the last step.
“I want to go all the way in the French Open. I went to the finals last year and had a great match against Rafa, but he’s always the favourite on that surface and he’s the ultimate player to beat on clay,” Djokovic said. “But I think if I continue on playing well, stay healthy, I can have a chance.”
Djokovic was anxious to hurry home in good time for this week’s Davis Cup tie with Belgium. The surface? Clay.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun next weekend to see how I can adjust to a clay court in indoor conditions, playing away Davis Cup, which is always tricky,” he said.
“But, look, right now my thoughts are on this trophy, enjoying it as much as I can. Hopefully I’m going to have time to recover and get ready for that tie.”
Australian Open victories in 2011 and 2012 proved a springboard for Djokovic, who put together 145 wins against just 18 losses over the two seasons and finished both years as the world No. 1. — AFP