Novak Djokovic was forced to fight for the third round after an unconvincing display against Philipp Kohlschreiber on Tuesday.
Since winning the Australian Open in January, Djokovic has struggled to find the form that has led him to his third consecutive Grand Slam victory.
But the Serbian feels that being pushed can prove to be a blessing in disguise.
"You know, somehow it's good that I spent two and a half hours on the court in my first opening match on the clay court," he said.
"This surface is very physically demanding. Tactically, too, you have to build the point, be more patient, put more spin on the ball, which sometimes for me, maybe the backhand is not so natural. I like to take the ball early, maybe flat.
"So these are the little things you have to get used to and kind of work. You know, you always get a ball back.
"My serve was not working today, you know, heavy conditions, I think I had everything in the game today.
"I think on the positive side, it's really good that I have to play a lot because I've played many practice sets and so on but it's completely different, you know, when you're nervous and, you know, playing a game official.
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