No French Open pressure for Djokovic

Novak Djokovic believes his 'no pressure' approach will land him the one Grand Slam title that has eluded him thus far – the French Open.

The world number one has twice lost in the final at Roland Garros in recent years but believes his maturity on court will pay dividends in Paris sooner than later.

"The difference in my approach to my goals and priorities between now and a couple of years ago is that I don't put too much pressure on myself," the Serb said at Indian Wells on Thursday, where he is looking to win his fourth title this week.

"I don't want to take away too much energy by spending time on thinking, 'Will I make it or not?' The French Open is the Grand Slam that I have never won but I have had a lot of good tournaments there.

"I have played a couple of times the finals and got always a step closer. I use these losses as a way to grow mentally, physically and emotionally and as a player in general to understand what I need to do better the next year."

Last month, Djokovic won his fifth Australian Open title – an Open era record – to take his overall tally to eight Grand Slam titles, and the Serb credited his willingness to allow himself more personal freedom for his title-winning form.

"This kind of approach allows me to enjoy my time there instead of going to the clay in Paris thinking, 'Will I make it this time or not?'," the 27-year-old added.
"Of course, the season starts much better for you if you win a GrandS in Australia and that was the case for me this year'

"I have a strong wind at my back and a confidence that hopefully I can carry into these two large tournaments at Indian Wells and Miami, and then take it from there."

 

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