PARIS (AFP) - Novak Djokovic believes that his 2016 fulfillment of holding all four Grand Slam titles at the same time is the ideal playbook for a repeat overall performance at Roland Garros as he attempts to grow to be simply the second one man to complete the feat.

the sector primary heads into the French Open with Wimbledon, america Open and Australian Open titles already underneath his belt.

Victory inside the June nine final in Paris could allow him to join Rod Laver because the handiest different man to hold all of the four majors at the same time twice.


"there may be an additional motivation and incentive to win Roland Garros because of the possibility to preserve all four Slams, some thing I did three years ago," stated the 32-year-vintage on Friday.

"That gives me obviously sufficient motive to believe i can do it once more."

antique opponents Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal can also have extra career majors -- 20 and 17 respectively to Djokovic s 15 -- but neither of them have controlled even one personal sweep, let alone .

but, Djokovic s ability date with future could have seemed to be fantasy three hundred and sixty five days ago.

In Paris in 2018, Djokovic, nevertheless recovering from elbow surgery, crashed to a surprise region-final loss to international variety 72 Marco Cecchinato from Italy.

The defeat noticed him slip out of the pinnacle 20 for the primary time in over a decade and in short had him deliberating skipping Wimbledon.

That chance become quickly retracted and he went directly to win the subsequent 3 majors, a performance which has put him getting ready to records.

Victory in weeks  time could also pass him midway to emulating Laver s feat of calendar Grand Slams in 1962 and 1969.

"I preserve 3 Slams, am international number one. Obviously it s quite a one-of-a-kind feeling approaching the tournament, with more confidence, and with a bit of luck i can have a great two weeks," he said.

notwithstanding his optimism, but, Djokovic prefers to pile the stress of expectation onto the shoulders of eleven-time Roland Garros champion Nadal.

Nadal defeated the Serb inside the Italian Open final remaining weekend, a performance which led Djokovic to anoint the Spaniard as the person to beat in Paris.

"He s the principle favorite to win the name," stated Djokovic who remains just certainly one of men to have overwhelmed the Spaniard on the Roland Garros clay in 14 years.

"It wouldn t be honest to pick each person else but him as the principle favored, due to the fact he has gained this match so commonly.

"He has lost times in his profession on Parisian clay. So plenty of respect for him, manifestly, as usually."

Djokovic begins his bid for a 2d Roland Garros identify and sixteenth essential against Poland s Hubert Hurkacz, the arena quantity 43.