Novak Djokovic is determined to prepare to the best of his ability for the clay season as he wants to be at his best if he meets his longtime rival Rafael Nadal. According to the latest reports from the United States, Djokovic will once again miss the Indian Wells and Miami Masters events.
On Friday, Djokovic said that if Indian Wells and Miami oust him, he would focus on preparing «for the most demanding surface and the next challenge.» When asked if that «next challenge» was to beat Nadal on clay, Djokovic apparently confirmed that was the case.
«If it wasn’t a possibility, my friend, I wouldn’t be playing tennis.» Djokovic said, for sportskeeda.
Djokovic is likely to play in Monte Carlo again
After winning the Australian Open, Djokovic returned to action in Dubai, where he reached the semifinal before losing to Daniil Medvedev.
On Friday, Florida Senator Rick Scott said Djokovic’s request for special permission to play in the United States has been denied. If that is indeed the case, it is very likely that Djokovic will play again at the Monte Carlo Masters, which begins on April 9.
«I don’t know what ‘the rest’ is. I’m still waiting for the news from America. If there’s no America, I guess I’ll play clay. Monte Carlo is probably the next tournament. If that’s the case, I’ll take some time off, prepare .
Clay, as we have said, is the most demanding surface. It takes more time than any other surface to prepare. Look, the year is long. I started the year in the best way possible, winning a lot of matches in a row, winning the Australian Open.
That’s the one I was looking for the most. That was the priority in this part of the year. Of course, any other tournament win is a bonus. I will always give everything I can to play my best tennis in every tournament. Yes, I am looking forward to the next challenge,» Djokovic said.