Djokovic still hungry to succeed at Roland Garros

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2023 French Open

ATP Tour

Stade Roland Garros
Paris, France
28 May - 11 June 2023
World No. 3 Novak Djokovic will be targeting a historic 23rd Grand Slam title at the 2023 French Open when the first round commences on Sunday, May 28.
The Serbian great tied long-standing rival Rafael Nadal for 22 Grand Slam trophies by winning the 2023 Australian Open for a record 10th time after defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 7-6, 7-6 in the final.
Djokovic kicked off the year in style when he came out on top at the Adelaide International 1, having knocked out Daniil Medvedev in the semi-finals, although the Russian got his revenge at the same stage in the Dubai Championships.
The 36-year-old was forced to withdraw from the Indian Wells Masters and the 2023 Miami Open after being denied a visa into the United States due to being unvaccinated for COVID-19.
His preparations for Roland Garros haven't been ideal after failing to make it further than the quarter-finals on clay at the Monte-Carlo Masters (third round), the Srpska Open and the Italian Open.
Djokovic won his second French Open title in 2021 but bowed out to eventual champion Rafael Nadal in the last eight the following year.
The Belgrade-born star was sent packing by World No. 6 Holger Rune in Rome earlier this month and he admits the Danish youngster is amongst the favourites to conquer the Paris clay, along with Carlos Alcaraz.
"Yeah, obviously, a new generation is here already. I mean, Alcaraz is No. 1 in the world from Monday. Obviously he's playing amazing tennis," Djokovic said.
"I think it's also good for our sport that we have new faces, new guys coming up. It's normal. We've been saying this for years, that we can expect it to come, that moment to come when you have kind of shift of generations.
"I'm personally still trying to hang in there with all of them. I'm happy with - of course, very happy with - my career so far. I still have the hunger to keep going. Let's see how far I'm going to play."

Last five French Open winners

2022 - Rafael Nadal (ESP)
2021 - Novak Djokovic (SRB)
2020 - Rafael Nadal (ESP)
2019 - Rafael Nadal (ESP)
2018 - Rafael Nadal (ESP)

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Published: 05/26/2023