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Tennis – Djokovic hopes motivation returns

World number two Novak Djokovic is uncertain about how long it will take for him to rediscover top form, as he prepares to begin his challenge for a fifth Italian Open title. The Serb, 5/1 with bet365 to claim the title in Rome, accepts he struggled for motivation and focus since completing a full set of Grand Slam titles with victory at the French Open last year. However, he feels that he is heading in the right direction, having reached the semi-finals of the Madrid Open, where he was beaten in straight sets by eventual champion Rafael Nadal. He told the official ATP Tour website: "We'll see whether this week is going to give me that springboard into where I want to be in the next six months, or if it's going to take a little longer. "If I could describe my tennis in one word, I feel like I'm in transition." Djokovic won the Italian Open title in 2008, 2011, 2014 and 2015, while he has also lost in the final in Rome on three other occasions - including 12 months ago when he was beaten 6-3 6-3 by Andy Murray.

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