Novak Djokovic names Roger Federer and two other stars who can stop Rafael Nadal on clay
Nadal has won a record 11 French Open titles after making Roland Garros his home away from home.
The Spaniard, who lost the Australian Open final to Djokovic last weekend, is expected to pick up his 18th Grand Slam trophy on the red dirt later this year.
But world No 1 Djokovic is on the hunt for his fourth straight major tournament win.
And he reckons Federer could also join him in causing an upset in the French capital.
Djokovic thinks Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem also have a chance of pushing the world No 2 on his preferred surface.
“I have to work on my clay court game a bit more,” Djokovic said.
“I need to play better than last season in order to have a shot at the title.
“The ultimate challenge there is to win against [Rafael] Nadal.
“Then you have [Dominic] Thiem and [Alexander] Zverev, Roger [Federer], great players that on clay can challenge.”
Djokovic won Grand Slam No 15 of his career in Melbourne last week.
And now he has his sights set on Federer’s all-time record of 20.
“I am aware that making history of the sport that I truly love is something special,” Djokovic added.
“Of course, it motivates me. Playing Grand Slams, biggest ATP events, is my utmost priority in this season and in seasons to come.
“How many seasons are to come? I don’t know. I’m not trying to think too much advance.
“I do want to definitely focus myself on continuing to improve my game and maintaining the overall wellbeing that I have mental, physical, emotional, so I would be able to compete at such a high level for the years to come.
“And have a shot at eventually getting closer to Roger’s record. It’s still far.”