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Djokovic says he feels he ups his game for grand slams, will study next opponent

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Published on May 30, 2019 - Duration: 01:53s

Djokovic says he feels he ups his game for grand slams, will study next opponent

Novak Djokovic cruised past his Swiss opponent Henri Laaksonen and will face another new opponent for him in Salvatore Caruso on his quest to win the French Open.

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Djokovic says he feels he ups his game for grand slams, will study next opponent

SHOWS: PARIS, FRANCE (MAY 30, 2019) (FFT - NO RESALES) 1.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC WALKING INTO NEWS CONFERENCE 2.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) NOVAK DJOKOVIC, ON HIS STRONGER PERFORMANCE DURING GRAND SLAMS, SAYING: "I think it's about the mindset you know, where do you put your priorities, what is the goal, what is the strategy and how you want to reach that goal, and for me especially in this phase of my career, it's grand slams and trying to play my best tennis in these tournaments that are historically the biggest events and the most important events in our sports, so I've managed to have a really successful grand slam career so far and of course I value all the other tournaments I play in and everytime I step on the court I of course give my best to win a tennis match but these are the tournaments where I aim to play my best, so probably that kind of mindset allowed me to shine always at the biggest events." 3.

WHITE FLASH 4.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) NOVAK DJOKOVIC, ON WHAT HE KNOWS ABOUT HIS NEXT OPPONENT SALVATORE CARUSO, SAYING: "No, never trained with him and don't know much about him to be honest.

It's really interesting, the third match in a row that I get to play against someone I never faced before in a match, so that never happened in my career in a grand slam.

But it's good because there's a shift of generations and new players are coming up.

Again, I'm going to have to do my homework, do an analysis on him.

I watched him play today a little when I was warming up for my match, I saw he came from qualifications and he has won five matches now, so he has a lot of confidence and he has nothing to lose, and I'm sure he's going to be very motivated to play his best, we're gonna hopefully play in one of the big stadiums and have a good match." STORY: Novak Djokovic marched on strongly in his bid to hold all four Grand Slams simultaneously for the second time in his career as he swept aside world number 104, Henri Laaksonen on Thursday (May 30).

The Serb was in cruise control as he beat the Swiss 6-1 6-4 6-3 to set up a third-round clash with Italian qualifier Salvatore Caruso.

Djokovic said Caruso was the third opponent in a row he had never faced before, saying it was a good thing to have many new faces around the tennis game, adding the Italian will be motivated to cause an upset as he has nothing to lose.

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