Novak Djokovic says his right wrist injury is 'better than it first seemed' and he will try to return at next month's Madrid Masters.

The right-handed Djokovic said in a statement that he's been 'assured' by doctors that he will be ready for clay-court tournaments in Madrid and Rome, followed by the French Open, which starts on May 25.

Djokovic has won six major singles championships and needs a French Open title to complete a career Grand Slam.

"Fortunately, the situation with the injury is better than it first seemed," said Djokovic.

"Doctors assured me that I will be ready for Madrid, then Rome and Roland Garros, just as it has been planned.

Djokovic had won consecutive Masters 1000 titles in Shanghai, Paris, Indian Wells and Miami before losing to Federer in Saturday's Monte Carlo semi-finals.

He wore a thick white bandage on the wrist while losing 7-5, 6-2 to Federer, where he was the defending champion.

The wrist problem limited Djokovic's ability to serve and return.

Source: AP