The Serbian, who will flip 34 this week, got here again from a set and a break all the way down to beat world quantity 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas in his rain-hit quarter-final on Saturday earlier than returning to courtroom later within the day to beat Lorenzo Sonego.
However he fell 7-5 1-6 6-3 to his nice rival Nadal on Sunday.
“I used to be joyful to play him due to the fine-tuning for Roland Garros … That does not get greater of a problem on clay than enjoying Rafael in finals,” Djokovic advised reporters, including that he was very happy with the battle he confirmed.
“In fact I am disenchanted to not win it, however on the similar time I am very happy with the extent of tennis that I managed to search out within the later levels of this event.
“Going into Paris brings me an excellent sensation. I really now began to really feel like I really need to really feel on clay. So I believe if I handle to play the way in which I performed final night time and at the moment, I believe I’ve an excellent likelihood to go all the way in which in Paris.”
Djokovic will subsequent play a event at residence in Belgrade within the week earlier than the French Open kicks off on Could 30 and can hope to reach in Paris with a couple of extra matches beneath his belt.
“I’ve to clearly preserve the momentum going I really feel with the standard of tennis,” he stated. “Do extra coaching, in fact, and some extra matches. I believe I am on the precise means.
“Truly, the final couple days actually gave me the arrogance increase for the clay. I discovered the sport. So now I simply have to take care of it, that degree, and peak in Paris.”