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Novak Djokovic was enthused about his performance at this year’s Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters, and he’s eager to get back on the match court again.

“I’ll probably play one of the two tournaments next week,” Djokovic told reporters on Thursday after falling in three sets to Dominic Thiem at Monte-Carlo. “I will decide tomorrow which one it will be. … I’m feeling like I need matches—I didn’t want to decide before seeing how it goes with the match today, but since I lost I feel like I still need more matches.”

Next week’s events are either Budapest or Barcelona.

“I would like to build my form so I can peak at Roland Garros,” he said.

Djokovic says he looks forward to getting his game closer to where it needs to be, and also plans to play the Masters 1000 events at Madrid and Rome. He also told reporters earlier this week that he has made alterations to his racquet, but he did not specify exactly what they were.

“I changed the racquet earlier this year,” said Djokovic, according to ATPWorldTour.com. “I made some small minor changes that actually in our world are quite significant. Obviously it takes a little bit of time. I think Roger [Federer] some years ago also had that racquet change, and it took him a little bit, some months, to get comfortable with it.”

The 12-time major champion says he will remain with coach Marian Vajda through the clay-court season, extending a trial that began as a week-long wait-and-see.

“Yes, we talked and Marian will stay with me until the end of the clay-court season and we’ll take it from there,” he said.
 


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