Novak Djokovic withdraws from Toronto, setting eyes on Tokyo and US Open

As was expected, the 20-time Major champion Novak Djokovic will not compete at the upcoming National Bank Open Presented by Rogers in Toronto in the second week of August. The four-time Canada Open champion is seeking the Golden Slam at the Tokyo Olympics and the US Open, throwing everything at these two events and trying to become the first player with the Golden Slam since Steffi Graf in 1988! After a thrilling season, Novak will not risk anything after Tokyo, taking more time to rest (especially if he wins the gold medal in Japan) and recharging batteries ahead of the season’s last Major. Novak has won 37 out of 44 matches in Canada, lifting trophies in 2007, 2011, 2012 and 2016 and losing the final in 2015. Djokovic’s last encounter in Canada came in 2018 when Stefanos Tsitsipas neat him in three sets.

Novak Djokovic will not seek the fifth Canada Open title in August.

The Serb has no points to defend at this event, as he didn’t travel to Canada in 2019. Djokovic is yet to lose a Major match in 2021, becoming the first player who conquered the season’s opening three Majors since Rod Laver in 1969! After tight triumphs over the young guns Denis Shapovalov and Alexander Zverev at the ATP Cup in Melbourne, Djokovic secured the ninth Australian Open title despite an abdominal injury in the third round against Taylor Fritz. The Serb took down Daniil Medvedev in straight sets in the title clash and stayed away from the court for two months before continuing the season in Monte Carlo.

Daniel Evans stunned Novak in the third round, and the Serb lost in the semis a week later in Belgrade to Aslan Karatsev after an epic battle. Nadal defeated Novak in the Rome final, and Djokovic went on to win the next three tournaments and continue his brilliant run at Majors. Djokovic secured the second Roland Garros crown to move closer to Federer and Nadal, traveling to London as the top favorite at the All England Club. Proving his status of the player to beat, Novak secured the sixth Wimbledon trophy after losing two sets in seven encounters. Playing above his rivals, Djokovic toppled Denis Shapovalov and Matteo Berrettini from the semi-final round to celebrate the 20th Major trophy and match Rafael Nadal’s and Roger Federer’s record.

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