Djokovic is a genuine contender, says ex-champ

Novak Djokovic is a realistic contender to lift the title at Roland Garros, believes three-times former champion Mats Wilander.

Djokovic hasn’t won a Grand Slam for two years and has struggled with both injury and motivation over the last 12 months.

But the ex-world number one has shown glimpses of his old self on his way to the last 16 in Roland Garros, with the 31-year-old facing Fernando Verdasco for a place in the quarter-finals on Sunday.

“Novak has already put himself in contention to be honest,” Wilander said.

“There is no turning back now for Novak. With each match there is more attention and the opponent gets better and better.

“If he beats Verdasco then you have to start talking about Djokovic because he’s beaten [Rafa] Nadal enough times and has gone to enough Grand Slam finals.

“Djokovic will know that it’s a match he could lose but I think we are seeing a more determined Djokovic.”

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