Roger Federer smart to target quicker surfaces, says Novak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal is the clear favourite to win an astonishing 10th French Open title next month after a blistering start to the clay court season. "I mean, he had a lot of matches played at the beginning of the year, and he did amazingly well". "I am not sure that she's expecting it but basically what we're saying here is that the ban continues".

"I am happy to be here again, happy the way I am playing, and let's see what happens tomorrow".

"I don't think being No. 1 affects on play". It goes in cycles and while I've been through these situations before, maybe in shorter swings and periods, I'm still learning and growing. It was his first final in a Masters 1000 event.

"If I could describe my tennis in one word, I feel like I'm in transition", Djokovic said in a recent interview. Even as he hunts for a new coach, he's working with Pepe Imaz, a Spanish mental coach, who runs an academy for underprivileged players called "Amor y paz" (Peace and Love).

The third seed surged into a 3-0 lead early in the match before his compatriot suffered what looked to be a nasty knee injury.

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It seemed hard to top Roger Federer claiming his 18th grand slam at the Australian Open at the ripe old age of 35 - but it's looking very likely that his opponent in the Melbourne final is also about to turn back the clock and make tennis history.

Nadal, who was out for much of previous year because of a wrist injury, has won 30 of his last 32 sets going into the tournament in Rome this week. "The start to the year has been magical for me but I need to recognize that scheduling will be the key to my longevity moving forward", Federer wrote on his official website.

He defeated Djokovic in the semifinals in Madrid, snapping a seven-match winless streak against the second-ranked Serb.

This was the first appearance of the former world number one after winning his fifth Madrid Open crown last week, following his tenth Monte Carlo and Barcelona Open titles, also a record. His other titles came in 2005, 2010 and 2013. "It's very important part of the season for me". "I assume to be 100 percent now", Nishikori said. "I hope to do the same in Rome".

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