"The way I felt in the first match, if somebody told me I'd be playing the final, I'd be very happy to hear that," Djokovic told reporters.
Djokovic was respectful to the Spaniard's achievements in Monte Carlo, where he has won the last eight years running.
"I need to have a very optimistic mindset in order to get a win [against Nadal]," he added. "I'm not going out there to play my best; I'm going out there to win.
"I lost to him twice in the final here in Monte Carlo. It's always a big challenge when you play a top player, especially Rafa, who hasn't lost here in eight years.
"I think that says enough about his record and qualities."