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Novak Djokovic must win the French Open

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There are very few things in sports, whether it be individually or as part of a team, that can be classed as unstoppable. Maybe Barcelona were as a football team for a while, Arsenal once upon a time too, but in tennis terms Novak Djokovic is most certainly unstoppable at the moment.

The statistics that place him as the world No.1 only tell half the story too, not since the heyday of Roger Federer has a player dominated the field so much.

Without wanting to disrespect Federer, a great Swiss legend, and indeed any other player who lined up against Djokovic at Indian Wells, Andy Murray too, it was almost a forgone conclusion that the Serb would breeze to the title, barring any injury or what-not.

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INDIAN WELLS SOJOURN 

The 27-year-old’s 6-3 6-7 6-2 success in the final over Federer, despite dropping his first set of the fortnight, was never really in doubt – his 50th career title is likely to be followed by countless more if he carries on in this vein.

Djokovic really publicised the obvious after lifting the Indian Wells trophy.

"I am at the prime of my career,” he pointed out. “I am going to use every part of this fact to stay where I am and to fight for as many major titles as possible.

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PRIME 

"I don't think these challenges that I go through and the pressure that I feel are harming me or that I find it difficult. It is a privilege because I earned it."

While he triumphed in the Californian desert for the fourth time, it really won’t be the title that he would have earmarked at the start of the year as the most desirable – though this latest victory is certainly building towards it.

Of course; his elephant in the room, his kryptonite (or at least Rafa Nadal is in this instance), the missing jewel of his crown… I am talking about the French Open and Djokovic’s cursed luck in Paris, the city of love.

PARIS, CITY OF HURT

The more and more Djokovic wins elsewhere and dominates only goes to highlight that he has not yet completed a Career Slam – surely, oh surely, it HAS to be this year.

It is a travesty that a player of the eight-time Grand Slam champion’s ability has not won a Major on all four surfaces. Obviously a huge part of his misfortune has come because of Nadal’s steel-like grip at Roland Garros, no player has ever won the same tournament nine times.

REVOLUTION?

This is the year for a French revolution, to topple Nadal, as the Majorcan continues his struggle for best form following a lengthy injury lay-off throughout 2 014.

The 28-year-old began to show glimpses of the old him at Indian Wells, but has he got enough time to get back the consistency of quality in less than three months? That is the question. Even if he does, however, as long as Djokovic continues down the same road, a road that shows no signs of congestion, then the Serb will simply be too strong in the French capital.

Providing both players avoid injury, the French Open is set to be the best tournament of 2015.

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