Novak Djokovic ready to land French Open crown

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Novak Djokovic has had precious little time to enjoy his sixth Australian Open triumph before talk has switched to the one hurdle he has yet to clear, the French Open.

Such is the way with a sport like tennis that when one tournament finishes, another is just around the corner.

Given his fiercely competitive nature, one can be sure the Serbian will not rest on his laurels until he ticks a Roland Garros title off his list of triumphs.


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The 11-time grand slam winner says he only tends to think of the clay surface when he starts practicing on it.

He says he feels a little bit different when he plays at the French compared to other Grand Slams.

“It’s a slightly different sensation, different feeling when I play there because of the fact that I have never won and because everybody expects me to win it,” Djokovic said.

The 28-year-old says he is not going to change his routine going into the French Open, insisting he does not feel his preparation is at fault for his inability to win in Paris.

“All the lead-up tournaments are very important for me to build my form and confidence on that surface.

“I will just work hard and stay patient and have a good attitude. I’m sure the opportunity will eventually come,” he said.

Djokovic had a chance to clinch the elusive Grand Slam trophy in last year's final, but Stan Wawrinka caused an upset in four sets to claim his second major title.

However, there is little doubt the Serb will get another bite at the cherry in the near future.

A number of other sagas are also worth keeping an eye on in the lead up to the second Grand Slam tournament of 2016.

It will be fascinating to see what Rafael Nadal can produce, especially after the bitter disappointment of losing in the first round at this year's Australian Open.

Will Andy Murray be able to push another loss in a Grand Slam final to the back of his mind and refocus on the job at hand?

Can Milos Raonic build on his superb start to the season, and will Roger Federer finally be able to find an answer against Djokovic?

Only time will reveal answers to these questions, but one thing is a given: it is great to have tennis back.

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