Serbian tennis superstar Novak Djokovic has confirmed that he will play the Tokyo Olympics.
Djokovic, ranked at No. 1 in the world, made his Olympic debut at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, when he won the bronze medal.
Djokovic lost the bronze medal match at the 2012 London Olympics, before he suffered a first round exit at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Djokovic, a 19-time Grand Slam champion, is determined to finally win his first Olympic gold medal.
Djokovic coming off a French Open victory
“Definitely the best match that I was part of ever in Roland-Garros for me, and top three matches that I ever played in my entire career — considering quality of tennis, playing my biggest rival on the court where he has had so much success and has been the dominant force in the last 15-plus years,” Djokovic said after beating Rafael Nadal at the French Open.
“And the atmosphere which was completely electric — for both players, a lot of support. Just amazing. I was very happy that there was no curfew, 11:00. I heard there was a special waiver, so they allowed the crowd to stay.
“Just one of these nights and matches that you will remember forever.”
Nadal, who is set to skip the Olympics, said after losing to Djokovic: “That’s sport. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. I tried to give my best…. I had the big chance with set point, 6-5, second serve. That’s it. Anything could happen in that moment.
“Probably was not my best day out there. Even if I [fought], that I put a lot of effort, I mean, the position on the shots [wasn’t] that effective tonight. Against a player like him that takes the ball early, you are not able to take him out of his positions, then is very difficult, no?…. These kind of mistakes can happen. But if you want to win, you can’t make these mistakes. So that’s it. Well done for him. [It was] a good fight out there. I try my best, and today was not my day.
“(It) is true that probably the conditions were a little bit slower later on. We had been playing with very warm and high bounces. During the night the situation goes a little bit the other way, no? So bounce a little bit less. The ball gets less topspin. That’s more favorable for him, the conditions. By the way, doesn’t matter. That’s tennis. The player who get used to the conditions better is the player who deserves to win. So no doubt he deserved to win.”