'Not At My Top Level Yet': Djokovic Stays Realistic Despite Impressive Win In Monte Carlo

'Not At My Top Level Yet': Djokovic Stays Realistic Despite Impressive Win In Monte Carlo

by Zachary Wimer

Novak Djokovic officially made it a streak at the 2024 Monte-Carlo Masters by winning his second match this week, but he still pumped the brake on all the excitement.

There wasn't much to be excited about in Djokovic's 2024 season, so this run in Monte-Carlo has got a lot of people talking. It's a nice change from the last ATP Masters 1000 event he played when he lost to a player ranked outside the Top 100.

This week, he's beaten two players ranked inside the Top 100, and both were solid wins. The one over Roman Safiullin was pretty impressive, which shows that Djokovic of old is not gone yet.

He still has it, and he backed it up once again against Lorenzo Musetti. It was a bit more complicated, but he kept it in two sets. After the match, Djokovic admitted that he was glad about the win, but this still isn't close to his top level.

"I don’t think I’m at my top level yet. It was a great test today against an amazing player. Very talented player, particularly on clay. I lost to him last year here. Similar circumstances. I was a set and 4-2 up. Then I lost the break."

Djokovic played down expectations before the event, admitting that it's just about getting close to his peak, which he hopes to achieve at Roland Garros. Still, he wants to keep the progression going, and the next challenger will be Alex de Minaur.

"I must say it was in the back of my mind when I lost the break in the 2nd set today. I was like ‘Oh no.. hopefully it’s not a similar scenario to last year.’ I’m really glad to overcome the challenge and look forward to the next one. I’ll just take it one day at a time and see how it goes."


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