Djokovic targets success in Paris & why Bellingham is a ‘great champion’

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Djokovic targets success in Paris & why Bellingham is a ‘great champion’

Novak Djokovic has set his sights on two successes in Paris this summer and explains why Real Madrid star Jude Bellingham is a “great champion”.

Djokovic will aim to defend his French Open title in June before playing for gold at the Olympics in August.

The 36-year-old says his season has been a little different this year as he conditions to be at his peak come summer.

The seven-time Wimbledon champion also says he hasn’t forgotten about his favourite tournament, which he plans to include in his trophy trifecta, between the two events in the French capital.

“I’m preparing myself, my body to be ready for, particularly for Roland Garros, Wimbledon, Olympic Games,” said the 24-time Grand Slam champion.

“That’s the block that is most important block of the tournaments of the year for me. I’m intending on playing in Rome [at the Italian Open in mid May]. So I hope I can be there and can play get myself ready. This year has been a bit different for me, the start, still finding the best level of tennis. Hopefully that can come in Roland Garros.

“Who knows if I’ll get another chance to play at the Olympic Games? They only come every four years. I said recently that I would really want to play at least till an LA Olympic Games. But you never know at this stage what can happen or how far I can go. So I’ll try to use this opportunity as best possible.”

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Djokovic was dumped out of the Monte-Carlo Masters after a rather uncharacteristic mistake

Djokovic also revealed his plans after scooping his fifth Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award in Madrid on Monday, where he lauded Real Madrid star Jude Bellingham as a football champion in the making.

“What I was impressed with is that he was always trying to make these runs, and he was not getting the right balls, and he was getting a little bit frustrated, but then he was waiting for the right opportunity,” said the 36-year-old, a day after Bellingham scored an injury-time winner for Real against fierce rivals Barcelona.

“He was serious, professional, dedicated, patient and believed that the chance will come. It came in the right moment and he decided the game. And he’s only 20. So that’s a feature or characteristic of a great champion.”

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