May 12, 2016

    Djokovic not on Nadal's mind yet in Rome


    RAFAEL Nadal said on Tuesday that he is in confident mood ahead of his first match of the Rome Masters, despite his semi-final defeat to Andy Murray in Madrid last week.

    The seven-time champion insisted that he is focusing solely on his second-round tie with Philipp Kohlschreiber on Wednesday, and not looking forward to a possible quarter-final against Novak Djokovic.

    "I'm not playing Novak tomorrow. I'm going to play against Kohlschreiber.

    "He's playing great.

    "He won in Munich couple of weeks okay and played semi-finals in Barcelona too," fifth seed Nadal said.

    "I am worried about that now."

    Nadal won titles last month in Monte Carlo and Barcelona to start his pre-French Open clay campaign in the best possible way.

    Kohlschreiber has just a single win over Nadal - on the grass in Halle - against 13 losses to the Spaniard, with six of them coming on clay.

    Madrid winner Djokovic hopes he can maintain his excellent form this week as the French Open, the only Grand Slam title that has eluded him so far in his career, draws closer.

    "Once I step on the court, I don't know how to pace myself. I'm on the court to get the job done, to try to win," said the world No. 1.

    "It would be disrespectful to the tournament and to all the people that come to watch you if you are thinking of some other tournament that's ahead of you. So that's not in my mind."