5/12/11 4:15 PM | Johan Lindahl
As he motors along undefeated this season, Novak Djokovic believes that it's been tougher for him to win a Masters 1000 (Indian Wells, Miami, Madrid) than a Grand Slam (Australian Open).
The Serb who lost his last match in November calls the physical effort needed at the generally one-week Masters events more than what is called for at a major played over a fortnight.
"Maybe it's physically tougher to play every day here," said the second seed at the Rome Masters. "It's not important whether you're playing two or three sets but the fact that every day you're playing someone in the top 10 or 15 or 20 in the world.
"Over three weeks (three successive tournaments) that takes a lot out of you but that's tennis."
Djokovic likes the more leisurely pace of the Grand Slams,where rest days are programmed in with player heading onto court every two days. At a Masters (10-day events Indian Wells and Miami allow a bit more breathing room) the pace is five matches in seven days for a potential titleholder.
"I'm basically playing a match every day," added Djokovic. "But I'm maintaining my good feeling on court and good physical condition off court and trying to keep it up because I know Roland Garros is coming, which is the most important tournament for me on clay."
But like all other major players, the Slams hold a special place in Djokovic. "Grand Slams are very special tournaments, they're different to all the others. You play over two weeks and you have to win three sets (per match). You must stay concentrated and maintain the desire to win always."
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|1. Djokovic||12 500 pts|
|2. Murray||8 750 pts|
|3. Federer||8 670 pts|
|4. Ferrer||6 970 pts|
|5. Nadal||6 385 pts|
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