Despite the defections, and the problems, the main draw of the Olympic tournament will be able to count on the presence of five of the top ten players in the world. Out of the game Rafa Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Matteo Berrettini and Roger Federer. In addition of course to Matteo Berrettini, Jannik Sinner, Denis Shapovalov, David Goffin, Stan Wawrinka and Borna Coric. In short: after the bronze medal in Beijing in 2008, the fourth place in London in 2018 and the brutal defeat in the first round in Rio (obviously in 2016) Novak Djokovic will be able to hunt for the gold medal, the last piece of a collection already infinite, as a favorite. On the way to the number one in the world – former champion at the Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and therefore a stone’s throw from the Golden Slam – Hugo Dellien, presumably Jan-Lennard Struff in the second round and, in theory, Lorenzo Musetti in the third . The hypothetical quarter-final should be with Andrey Rublev – drawn in a rather poor segment of the draw – in the semifinals the most complicated of the opponents could instead be Alexander Zverev. In the segment of the German’s scoreboard also Lorenzo Sonego, on a collision course with Taro Daniel in the first round and with one between Nikoloz Basilashvili and Roberto Carballes Baena then. The lower part of the board is much less rich. Number four Stefanos Tsitsipas, called to break Philipp Kohlschreiber’s resistance in the first round, could find Diego Schwartzman in the quarterfinals. The first round match between Andy Murray and Felix Auger Aliassime is definitely fascinating. In the lower part (obviously manned by world number two Daniil Medvedev) also Fabio Fognini. To the blue tennis player the challenge against Sugita with a view on Simon and on the Russian. At the first Olympic participation in his career. The absence of the Ligurian – who should have been paired with Berrettini – and the presence of the Sonego-Musetti couple should be noted in the doubles scoreboard. Finally, the one composed by Medvedev and Aslan Karatsev is fascinating.
Alex Corretja comments on Novak Djokovic
Former World No. 2 Alex Corretja believes Novak Djokovic should not put undue pressure on himself to win the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics. “If he has made the decision to go, it is because he has enough energy to do so,” Alex Corretja was quoted as saying by Tennishead. “If Novak has decided to go, it is because he feels it in his heart. I don’t think he needs to prove anything. He is number 1 in the world, he has 20 Grand Slams, the most weeks as number 1 … if he is at 100% he will have great opportunities.” Corretja further explained that Djokovic should not overburden himself with expectations or feel too disappointed if he misses out on the gold medal. “I wouldn’t put too much pressure on him to go for the gold, I wouldn’t be disappointed if I was him and I didn’t win it,” added Corretja. “I don’t think I should feel more pressure than the rest.”