Djokovic on ‘big expectations’

Novak Djokovic will arrive at Roland Garros having won seemingly everything but the clay court spectacle.

As a result of his superlative form over the last two seasons, there is a weight of expectation on his shoulders as he looks to complete a career grand slam.

The only feather missing from the Serb’s cap is a Roland Garros title. Should Djokovic emerge victorious, he will become just the fourth player on the Open Era to achieve the feat.

“Of course the expectations are big not just from my side but from people around knowing that this is the only Grand Slam I never won,” the 11-time grand slam winner told the official Roland Garros website.

“I don’t have any intention of slowing down yet. On the other hand, even if it never happens, I need to be very humble and realistic and see my results and my career need to be satisfied with what I have achieved so far. Even if my career was done tomorrow, I made some achievements that I must be proud of.

“So that’s how I approach things. I don’t try to approach them from a point of view of being obsessed with this tournament or with any other tournament, for that matter.”

At 28-years-old, Djokovic feels he still has plenty opportunity to lift the winners trophy on Court Philippe Chatrier.

“Age is just a number for me, so I still feel like I have plenty more years ahead of me, which gives me more comfort in terms of opportunities I’m going to have at the title of Roland Garros,” he said.

In terms of the draw, if all hold seed, Djokovic is potentially facing Tomas Berdych in the last eight and nine-time winner Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals.

While it’s often said by coaches that players shouldn’t map out the permeations of the draw for psychological reasons, Djokovic admitted that many do.

“I think we all go through the draw,” he said.

“Now, whether or not you imagine yourself playing with somebody, top seeded players in the later stage of the tournament, that’s personal. I try to keep my thoughts directed only on the next challenge, even though I do look at the overall draw, yes.”

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