The top seed is pitched in the same ‘green’ group as 2019 champion Stefanos Tsitsipas (with a tour-leading 55 wins this season), Russian powerhouse Andrey Rublev and debutant Casper Ruud.
Remember, Djokovic went 27-1 in Grand Slams in 2021, going agonisingly close to the first men’s calendar Grand Slam since 1969. It took time to recharge, to reset, but Bercy proved the 34-year-old is poised for a final push.
“I do feel fresher, because I haven’t played as much as in previous years, in terms of tournaments,” said Djokovic, ahead of his first match facing world No.8 Ruud on Monday.
“I did have a lot of exhausting events, particularly in the Grand Slams, not just physically, but also mentally and emotionally.