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Novak Djokovic glad to be on red clay

Updated: May 13, 2012, 2:24 PM ET
Associated Press

ROME -- The red clay courts of the Italian Open are a bit of heaven for Novak Djokovic after a week on the experimental blue surface in Madrid.

The top-ranked Djokovic was one of several top players who were highly critical of the blue clay tested at the Madrid Open, especially after he lost to fellow Serb Janko Tipsarevic in the quarterfinals.

"It feels great," Djokovic said Sunday. "After that blue clay, this clay seems like paradise."

"The most basic thing you have ...

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