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Novak rejects French Open claim

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Novak Djokovic has dismissed claims he is “obsessed” with winning the French Open, the only Grand Slam he is yet to win. 

The world No 1 starts the defence of his title at the Monte Carlo Masters on Monday, as he prepares for Roland Garros.

Djokovic has won 11 Grand Slams throughout his career but said he is more hungry to win the French Open after an agonising defeat in the final to Stanislas Wawrinka last year.

Djokovic, a three-time French Open finalist, said: "I don't like the word 'obsession' because it doesn't come from the right emotion.

"But of course being the only Grand Slam I haven't won gives me even more incentive to give my best there this year."

The Serbian is the favourite to win in Monte Carlo after securing his record 28th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown in Miami earlier this month, taking him past Rafael Nadal's record.

He added: "From one side, yes, I am pleasantly surprised with what I have achieved in last two years. From the other side, I've always expected myself to be at this level.

"Everybody peaks at different stages of their careers and for me it's right now."

Djokovic is in the same half of the draw as rival Roger Federer in Monte Carlo and has a bye to the second round where he faces Czech Jiri Vesely or Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili.

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