Djokovic feeling ‘motivated and inspired’

Novak Djokovic (6/5 2014 French Open winner outright) insists that his victory over Rafael Nadal on clay in Rome has filled him with confidence as he aims to secure the French Open crown for the first time.

Djokovic has already claimed three of the four Grand Slam titles and he is eager to become the eighth man to collect a career Grand Slam by securing his fourth and final in Paris.

The world number two has been on the wrong end of the result in his last two meetings with Nadal at Roland Garros, losing once in the final and once in the semis against the reigning eight-time champion.

Djokovic said: “Knowing that I have gotten closer and closer each year to the title gives me enough reason to be confident for the start of this year.

“It’s a Grand Slam. It’s a two-week long event, best-of-five [sets], and there is a feeling that almost all of the players who are participating in the event have an extra motivation to perform well.”

The six-time Grand Slam winner admits that Nadal is undoubtedly the favourite to secure the crown once again but he insists he will head into the tie brimming with confidence.
Nadal (15/8 2014 French Open winner outright) was defeated for a fourth time in a row by Djokovic at the Rome Masters and this has given the 27-year-old hope.

He continued: “The tournament win in Rome came at the right moment for me. For my confidence level it’s definitely a booster and a positive thing. Hopefully I can carry that confidence coming into Roland Garros…I’m healthy and obviously very motivated and inspired to play my best tennis here.”

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