Djokovic warms up for French Open in style with victory in practice match- World No. 1 Novak Djokovic on Tuesday notched up straight sets win over Germany’s Mats Moraing in his opening match in Belgrade 2 to warm up for the French Open. The 34-year-old had opted for an extra match practice on home soil ahead of the clay court tournament in Paris.
He completed a 6-2, 7-6 (7/4 victory) in 100 minutes. It was his first clash since losing the Italian Open final to Spanish Tennis Maestro Rafael Nadal earlier this month.
The Spaniard is favourite to clinch the title for a record 14th time next month even as Djokovic will be bidding for his 19th Grand Slam to close the gap with Nadal and Roger Federer (20 Grand Slams each).
Novak Djokovic warms up for French Open in style with victory in practice match
The Serbian was in top form on Tuesday but faced stiff competition by Moraing in the second set before winning the tie-breaker.
“I was twice a break up in the second set so I maybe could have finished out the job earlier, but credit to him for fighting, for playing really well, for playing very courageous, very bold tennis,” Djokovic told AFP.
“I felt pretty nervous from the start,” said Djokovic. “I had an opponent that does not have much experience, but he played like he spent 10 years playing at a top-level. The second set was exhausting, I’m mentally spent. I have a day to recover and move on to the next match,” he added.
Djokovic will next face Argentina’s Federico Coria in the quarterfinals.
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