That’s the belief of Amazon Prime expert Daniela Hantuchova.
Novak Djokovic had just 17 hours between his three-set semi-final win over Diego Schwartzman in Rome, which lasted two-and-a-half hours, and his 54th career showdown with Rafael Nadal.
His clash in the final four also came just 24 hours after a thrilling three-hour victory over Juan Martin del Potro.
The build-up of fatigue was too much for world No 1 Djokovic against long-time rival Nadal as he lost 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 to miss out on the chance for back-to-back titles after winning in Madrid the previous week.
But tennis pundit Hantuchova thinks the Serbian is happy with himself despite his loss and thinks that, if he can get himself in the same frame of mind for the French Open, not even 11-time Roland Garros winner Nadal can stop him.
“It was huge, especially for Rafa,” Hantuchova said in her analysis of the match.
“I feel like he needed to win this match more than Novak just for the fact last time he won a title was Toronto last year.
“He gave everything he had left to make sure he won the title.
Novak’s got to walk away being really pleased
“Novak’s got to walk away being really pleased. After that semi final, what an effort.
“To see that he did not complain of being tired just shows how happy and pleased he is.
“I think both of these guys can enjoy their gelato and their pizza tonight and celebrate an incredible tournament.”
Yet although Nadal came away with the Masters 1000 title in Rome, Hantuchova felt more optimistic about Djokovic’s French Open prospects.
She explained: “I see Novak has this kind of head on as here and in Madrid, he’s just untouchable. Today he was just too tired.
“But we saw Novak in Australia, the same focus, the same attitude [to beat Nadal in straight sets in the final].
“Even today, even when he was 6-0 down, it seemed like he was actually enjoying it and not complaining about anything.
“When Novak is in this kind of mind, I just feel like there’s no-one that can stop him. Even Rafa.”
Djokovic and Nadal are the two stand-out favourites for Paris, with 15-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic looking for only his second triumph at the clay-court major.
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