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Djok: Nadal still the King of clay

Djokovic who recently added a sixth Australian Open to his Grand Slam wins is yet to triumph at Roland Garros.

Novak Djokovic, ante los medios australianos. habla sobre Nadal
FILIP SINGER EFE

With his sixth Australian Open title under his belt, bringing his Grand Slam total to 11, Novak Djokovic’s ever hungry gaze now turns to clay, and the next Slam on the horizon, the only one he’s never won: Roland Garros.

“I’ve started the season in the best possible way, and I hope to be in good form when I get to France”, he told Australian press. Asked if he was favourite for Paris, the world number 1 was blunt: “Not at all”.

For Nole, the man to beat in France is still Rafa Nadal. “Everyone knows he’s the King of Clay. He’s made history with the nine titles he’s won in Paris”. For Djokovic what the Spaniard has done in his career means he deserves the utmost respect, despite the fact the former world number 1 is going through a bad spell right now. Rafa Nadal lost in the first round in Australia, where he was 5th seed.

But there’s a long way to go before the Men’s Tennis Tour arrives in Paris at the end of May and Djokovic is keen to see how things progress: “It’ll be interesting to see how the clay court season develops, but before that there are some pretty important hard court tournaments”.