The 25-year-old had beaten Nadal in the Wimbledon, US Open and Australian Open finals over the last 12 months, but he couldn’t continue that remarkable sequence at Roland Garros earlier this month.

Djokovic plays a shot during a practice session yesterday. PIC/AFP

“It’s behind me now,” Djokovic said. “I was so close and there was a slight disappointment after the match because I was aware of the chance that I had in Roland Garros,” he added.