‘If Novak Djokovic has decided to go, it is because…’, says former ATP ace

The number one in world tennis, the Serbian Novak Djokovic, will make his debut at the Tokyo Olympics against the Bolivian Hugo Dellien, 139 in the ATP ranking, and could find himself on his way to the final with the Russian Andrey Rublev, seventh seeded , in the quarters and with the German Alexander Zverev, fifth seed, in the semifinals. Djokovic has won the first three Grand Slam tournaments this season, Australia, Roland Garros and Wimbledon, so if he takes gold in Tokyo and then with the Australian Open he would become the first man to get the call ‘Golden Slam’ On his side of the table, according to the draw carried out today in Tokyo, the Spaniards Alejandro Davidovich (16) also appear, who will make his debut against the Portuguese Pedro Sousa and would meet the Serbian in the third round; and Roberto Carballés, who will open competition against Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili and would not meet Djokovic until a hypothetical semi-final. The Polish Hubert Hurkacz, seventh seed and semi-finalist at the last Wimbledon, could also star in a semi-final with Djokovic. The second seed, the Russian Daniil Medvedev, will start against the Kazakh Alexander Bublik and on his way to the final he could find himself in the quarterfinals with the Spanish Pablo Carreño, sixth seed and who will debut against the American Tennys Sandgren. Greek third-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas will start against German Philip Kohlschreiber and would be Medvedev’s rival in the semifinals. The Argentine Diego Schwartzman (8) has also fallen in this half of the table, with the Peruvian Diego Varillas as the first rival; the Spanish Pablo Andújar, with Ugo Humbert as the initial opponent; and double Olympic champion (2012 and 2016) Andy Murray.

Djokovic’s participation in the Games was in doubt

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.” Thus, Corretja reckons players such as Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev will fancy their chances of taking down the Serb. But he maintained that Djokovic remains the “top favorite”. “Djokovic is the top favorite and we will all agree with that,” Alex Corretja said. “Due to the fact that it is not the best of five sets, that opens the range a bit to a series of tennis players such as Daniil Medvedev or Alexander Zverev, who have also shown that they can do very well in these types of tournaments.”

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