Novak Djokovic: I'm ready to make deep run at French Open



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Novak Djokovic: I'm ready to make deep run at French Open

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has said that he is feeling great as he hopes to win it all at the French Open. Djokovic, seeded at No. 1, handed a 6-3 6-2 6-4 loss to Uruguayan clay-court specialist Pablo Cuevas in the French Open second round, Prior to the French Open, Djokovic finished runner-up at the Rome Masters and made it all the way at Belgrade 2 last week.

"I'm playing well, feeling great. I'm ready to go deep in this tournament," Djokovic said, per the ATP website. "Hopefully that's going to be the case. But I'll take it match by match, and so far the two matches that I have played have been played in a high quality."

After losing his serve in the third game of the first set, Djokovic claimed five breaks and lost no more service games to book a straight-set win. "I'm pleased with the performance today, particularly against a very good player, a specialist on clay, someone I have never faced before.

[He] has got a lot of spin," Djokovic said. "[He hits] just a very difficult ball to handle in these kind of conditions when it's a bit warmer... These balls during the day are bouncing really high."

Djokovic aims his second French Open title

Djokovic, who captured his lone French Open title in 2016, plays next Ricardas Berankis.

Meanwhile, former world No. 1 Roger Federer beat Marin Cilic 6-2 2-6 7-6 (4) 6-2 to also reach the third round. "[It was a] very good match for me, I thought," Federer said. "A bit of up-and-downs in the second and third sets.

The good thing, I feel like I come out of a match like this and I know why it was up and down, and then that I was able to attain a solid level once he did break back in the third set and things were looking dangerous for me.

"That I was able to step up a gear, stay with him, and then pull away from him, I think that gives me a lot of confidence. "I think that fourth set was really big and nice for me, because it's hard to replicate those kind of pressure moments like [the] tie-break [in the] third set.

[It was] one set all, and then sort of everything goes flat [at the] beginning of the fourth set. But you have got to stay on top of things and I was able to almost find another gear, which he couldn't, and I think that was very nice for me. I'm very happy."