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Djokovic heads to French Open after losing in Geneva

Novak Djokovic begins his bid for a fourth French Open title next week [Getty Images]

Novak Djokovic’s final preparation for the French Open ended when he lost to Czech world number 44 Tomas Machac in the semi-finals of the Geneva Open.

World number one Djokovic, who turned 37 this week, was defeated 6-4 0-6 6-1.

The Serbian did not reach a final in 2024 before beginning the defense of his French Open crown.

The Grand Slam tournament on clay starts at Roland Garros on Sunday.

Djokovic, who has won a record 24 major titles, came to Geneva to build up playing time after a difficult start to the season by his standards.

After losing in the Australian Open semi-finals to Italian Jannik Sinner, Djokovic was eliminated in the last 32 at Indian Wells.

He did reach the semi-finals in Monte Carlo at the start of the swing on the clay, but in his next appearance at the Italian Open, Djokovic was accidentally hit on the head by a metal water bottle after his opening victory.

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Two days later he lost to 32nd seed Alejandro Tabilo of Chile.

Djokovic won his opening match in Geneva against the German Yannick Hanfmann, who defeated Andy Murray in his opener, and defeated the Dutchman Tallon Greekpoor.

But against Machac he again looked out of sorts and also showed signs of physical discomfort in a one-sided deciding set.

Djokovic will start his bid for a fourth French Open title on Monday or Tuesday against French wildcard Pierre Hugues-Herbert.

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