“Roland-Garros is the ultimate goal on clay“
As Nadal said after Djokovic’s loss to the talented Medvedev, “everybody is human” and Djokovic has freely admitted that chasing down Roger Federer (20) and Nadal (17) at the top of the grand slam pile is his No 1 objective.
If that means losing every now and again between grand slams, then so be it. “(Roland-Garros) is the ultimate goal on clay,” Djokovic said. “For sure, it's expected in a way for me to peak right at that tournament, because that's what I'm aiming for. This is only the first tournament on clay, and it's a long season. Let's see how it goes.”
At 32, perhaps it’s unrealistic for Djokovic, or anyone, to dominate week in, week out as he did in 2011, when he won 10 titles, or in 2015 when he went one better with 11. Last year, as he returned from injury, he built his game on the clay, reaching the quarter-finals in Paris before hitting top form at Wimbledon and repeating it at the US Open.