Novak Djokovic, who beat Andy Murray on Sunday to clinch his sixth Australian Open title, wants to lift the French Open trophy this season to complete the "Djoker Slam". The world number one has won the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open titles, but the French Open has always eluded him.
"The French Open. It's the one I never won. I'll try to put myself in a position to get that trophy," AP quoted Djokovic as saying.
Rafael Nadal, who is the best player of all time on clay, has won the title an incredible nine times in the past. Djokovic finished runners up in the French Open thrice, with two of those losses coming against Nadal in 2012 and 2014.
With Nadal beaten by Djokovic in the 2015 French Open, fans and experts had tipped "Djoker" to win his first Grand Slam on clay, but unfortunately he failed. The Serbian lost to Stan Wawrinka in the final, with the score reading 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.
With Djokovic having stated he is playing the best tennis of his life, the 2016 French Open could be his best chance to complete a career Grand Slam.
"Each year when I go back I feel like I'm a step closer [to winning the French Open]. Djoker Slam. Not bad, I like that one," said Djokovic.
Djokovic knows he is a marked man, considering his tremendous form, but the Serbian, who has won four out of the last five Grand Slams, is keen to keep his brilliant run going for as long as possible.
"I believe that all the guys that are out there fighting each week to get to No. 1 are very hungry to get to No. 1," said Djokovic.
"I want to enjoy, and I will, but it's not going to go for more than a few days. After that, I'm already thinking about how can I continue playing well through the rest of the season at each tournament."