World number one Novak Djokovic says he is proud to have won the BNP Paribas Open for the fifth time on Sunday adding that one of his top priorities was to win the French Open this year.
In the Indian Wells final the Serb hammered Milos Raonic of Canada 6-2, 6-0 in a match lasting just 69 minutes.
In an interview after his win, Djokovic said he was thrilled with winning the event for the fifth time.
“To win this tournament five times is a fantastic achievement,” Djokovic said.
“I’m just glad to be able to raise the level of my game as the tournament progresses, and that’s something that I have been doing in the last two years particularly on the big events.”
The 28-year-old Serb added that he hoped to take his current form to the French Open in two months time in the hope of winning the only Grand Slam tournament that his is yet to win.
“Roland Garros has been and is this year again one of the top priorities of the season,” Djokovic said. “I have been – I felt like I have been coming closer and closer to the title in the last couple of years.
“I’m not going to change much in terms of preparation for the event.”
In Sunday’s match, Raonic, who has just returned from a six-week layoff due to a torn thigh muscle, was struggling to move around on the court and at the end of the first set left the court for medical treatment.
In an interview after Sunday’s loss, Raonic said he hoped his injury was not a reoccurrence of the recent one.
“I just hope it has nothing to do with the previous issue I had,” said Raonic.
“Feels similar, but not as bad. I don’t think I let it get as bad.”
Raonic credited Djokovic for his fantastic form.
“I don’t think it affected my effort. I thought he played much better than I did. I struggled again,” he added.