Djokovic focused on Monte Carlo

Novak Djokovic (13/8 – Monte Carlo Masters outright) says he will not let his desire to win the French Open distract him when he begins his defence at this week’s Monte Carlo Masters.

Twelve months ago, the Serb broke Rafael Nadal‘s eight-year winning streak on the Monaco clay as he defeated his great rival 6-2 7-6 in the final to claim his first title in the principality.

Wins at the Masters events in Indian Wells and Miami mean he heads into his first clay court tournament of the year in good from and a victory will undoubtedly give him a huge boost when he turns his attentions to Roland Garros.

The French Open is the only Grand Slam Djokovic is yet to win in his career and with Nadal (4/6 – Monte Carlo Masters outright) having won the title in eight of the last nine years, the ‘King of Clay’ will surely be the man to beat when they event gets underway on May 25.

First on his agenda though is this week in Monte Carlo and with him currently living in Monaco, the world number two says that for now he is only thinking about the next eight days.

“Winning this title last year in the final against Nadal was definitely one of the highlights of my career. I really love playing in this tournament,” Djokovic, said. “My family comes in big numbers during this week so it makes me feel very comfortable, and at home.”

“Last year it was more in my mind. It was more in my thoughts, constantly … Of course, I want to put all my effort into winning Roland Garros, but when the time comes.”

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