ATP Olympics: Novak Djokovic eases past Hugo Dellien for winning start

Competing at his fourth Olympic Games, world no. 1 Novak Djokovic made a winning start in Tokyo. The Serb beat Hugo Dellien 6-2, 6-2 in swift 61 minutes, dropping only four points behind the initial shot and stealing the rival’s serve four times to find himself in the second round. Novak did everything right on the court, serving well and controlling the pace with his mighty groundstrokes that left Hugo behind. Thus, Djokovic has taken the first step towards the singles gold medal, something he missed achieving in Beijing, London and Rio in the past. Novak forced Hugo’s error in the opening game to get his name on the scoreboard before the Bolivian held after deuce in the next one to level the score and make a good start.

The Serb fired good serves in the third game to close it at love and could have moved 3-1 up after creating three break chances. Dellien stayed calm and repelled them all to remain in touch, forcing Djokovic’s mistake to bring the game home and level the score at 2-2. Serving well, Novak held at love in game five following a powerful initial shot and grabbed the first break a few minutes later to forge a 4-2 advantage.

The top favorite Novak Djokovic made a strong start in Tokyo.

For the third time in a row, the Serb held at love in game seven and secured the opening set with a forehand crosscourt winner at 5-2. Dominant behind the initial shot, Novak produced the fourth straight hold at love at the beginning of the second set, with Hugo moving back to 1-1 following Novak’s backhand error in the second game.

Djokovic held at 30 in the third game with a service winner to remain in front and broke at love a few minutes later thanks to Dellien’s forehand error that sent him in front. Carried by that momentum, world no. 1 produced another perfect hold that cemented the lead for him and pushed him closer to the finish line. Hugo closed the sixth game with a service winner to reduce the deficit before Novak grabbed another commanding hold for 5-2. Returning in the eighth game, Djokovic fired a forehand down the line winner to earn another break and advance into the second round, hoping for a similar performance in the following encounters.

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