“He was the better player,” the top seed conceded. “I was hanging on the ropes the entire match. I just ran out of gas completely. If you can’t stay in the rally, not feeling your legs on the clay, it’s mission impossible.” But like Annacone expected, the world No 1 turned his attention to next month’s French Open as he shared his goal to improve his form ahead of his first Grand Slam tournament of the season.
“Game-wise, physically I was just far from my best. I’m going to keep going and hopefully build my form for Roland Garros,” he added. Djokovic will have a chance to get some wins under his belt as early as next week at the Serbia Open, held in his own Novak Tennis Centre in Belgrade.