‘Including even Rafael Nadal’, says ATP star

Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic was confident this Thursday in his medal chances at the Tokyo Olympics by stating that his preparation this year “cannot be better”, after having won three Grand Slams in 2021 and acknowledged feeling strange for not coincide neither with Rafael Nadal nor with Roger Federer. The world number one said that he is “used to seeing at least one of them” in the championships in which he has participated in recent years, but that he will focus the games “day by day” and focusing on the next one. rival of him. “I cannot have a better preparation than I have this year,” said the world number one at a press conference in Tokyo with representatives of the Serbian Olympic team, held on the eve of the opening ceremony of the international tournament. Djokovic noted that “it is a long time ago” that he won his only Olympic medal, the bronze in Beijing 2008, and was confident that his performance this year, in which he won the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon (joining the select group of tennis players men who have won 20 Grand Slam in his career, consisting of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal) help him “put on another great performance” He considers the Games “like a normal tournament” The Serbian said that, although he mainly carries out his professional career alone, being part of the Olympic team gives him “wings to perform in the highest way” and “take energy” from the experience to apply it to your own performance.”

Daniil Medvedev on the Big 3

Daniil Medvedev is widely considered the player best equipped to halt Novak Djokovic’s charge and prevent the Serb from winning the gold medal in Tokyo. “Naturally, there is resentment (on not being given a chance to play on Centre Court),” Medvedev said. “I wanted to play on the that court being the second-ranked player, but there is a logical explanation for everything, so I don’t worry too much. Roger is ten times…what is ten – a hundred times more legendary than I am. So it’s okay.” Medvedev, on his part, pointed out he does not feel burdened by such expectations even though he is fully aware of the magnitude of the task at hand. “No, absolutely (does not feel pressured),” said the Russian. “I try, again, to show my best tennis. If through this you can defeat people like Djokovic, then that’s cool. Sometimes it is very difficult to overcome him – not only for me, but in general for everyone. Including even Federer and Rafael Nadal.”

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