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Novak On Paris: "I Can Go All The Way"

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Djokovic© Getty ImagesNovak Djokovic saw his 11-match win streak vs. Tomas Berdych come to an end.

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is maintaining a positive outlook after failing to close out Tomas Berdych in their Internazionali BNL d’Italia quarter-final clash before the Czech rallied for a stunning comeback win Friday in Rome. Djokovic now has his eye on Roland Garros, where he will look to complete a Career Grand Slam.

“It’s not the result I was hoping for. On the other hand, I’m positive I will continue playing better and better as the days go by,” said Djokovic. “I will take some time off. I will try to get ready for Paris, which is the most important event of the year for me. I’m really looking forward to that. I know I can play well on clay but I shouldn’t allow myself to have drops during the match. Hopefully it won’t happen in Roland Garros.

“I believe that I can go all the way. It’s a very long tournament and two weeks. I don’t want to make any predictions. It’s not necessary. I need to take it step by step. I need to get ready and practise more, so hopefully I will be in top shape for Paris.”

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Djokovic had not lost to Berdych since their semi-final encounter at Wimbledon three years ago, reeling off 11 wins in a row against the World No. 6, including twice this season in the Australian Open quarter-finals and Dubai final. The Serb was quick to credit the big-hitting Berdych for stepping up when it counted most.

“I always have high expectations for myself, so it’s not easy to lose. But you congratulate the opponent who was brave enough and took his chances. He won deservedly, so I’m moving on,” said Djokovic.

“He has been just behind the Top 4 for quite a few years. He is one of the contenders to win Grand Slam titles. He has won against the big players in Grand Slams. He won against me in the semi-finals at Wimbledon a few years ago, [beat] Roger [Federer] and pushed Andy [Murray] a few times. He’s able to play big matches. He has proven that on several occasions in the past. He is a very dangerous player on any surface with a serve like that.”

Last year at Roland Garros, Djokovic reached the final for the first time. He lost to Rafael Nadal in a four-set battle that was played out over two days.

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