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Djokovic: 'I'm Going Out There To Win'

Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Djokovic© Getty ImagesNovak Djokovic is bidding for his first Monte-Carlo trophy.

A week ago, Novak Djokovic's status of playing the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters was uncertain. Now, with an ankle injury nearly behind him, the Serbian is one win away from winning his first trophy in Monaco, a prospect the World No. 1 couldn't be happier about.

“The way I felt in the first match, if somebody told me I'd be playing the final, I'd be very happy to hear that,” said Djokovic. “I was taking it match by match. After every win, I feel very content and very fulfilled because knowing the circumstances I was in, every win is big.”

The lone man standing in Djokovic’s way shouldn't come as a surprise to the top seed, as he’ll need to upstage eight-time defending champion Rafael Nadal if he wants to taste victory on Sunday. Nadal has won 12 of their 14 meetings on clay, which included last year’s title match at the Monte-Carlo Country Club.

“I need to have a very optimistic mindset in order to get a win. I'm not going out there to play my best; I'm going out there to win. That's how I'm going to feel tomorrow,” declared Djokovic. “I lost to him twice in the final here in Monte-Carlo. It's always a big challenge when you play a top player, especially Rafa, who hasn't lost here in eight years. I think that says enough about his record and qualities.”

Djokovic has as 25-2 record in 2013 and is aiming to win his third title of the year (Australian Open, Dubai).

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