World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev is hoping to play his best tennis at the Tokyo Olympics and potentially beat top-seeded Novak Djokovic.
Medvedev, who is set to make his Olympic debut, ended runner-up to Djokovic in this year’s Australian Open final.
“No. I want to play my best tennis. If I manage to beat players like Novak, then that’s great. Sometimes it’s extremely difficult to beat him, not only for me but for others as well. (It’s difficult to beat Djokovic) even for Federer and Nadal,” Medvedev said, per Sport Klub.
Djokovic ready for the Tokyo Olympics
Djokovic won Wimbledon less than two weeks but he insists he has a good preparation for Tokyo.
“The schedule is really rough but I feel that my preparations were good,” Djokovic told reporters. “Also, I won a lot of matches recently, which always gives you extra confidence and energy boost. Playing for my country, it is the highest honour and privilege for me. I am an individual athlete, rarely we have the occasion to be a team. I am grateful because we were able to win the ATP Cup and Davis Cup, and I am missing Olympic gold now. I have the highest ambitions in Tokyo, it is not a secret that I am aiming for the gold medal.”
Djokovic underlined winning Tokyo won’t be easy.
“Although some players from the top are not coming, there are also a lot of elite players fighting for medals: (Daniil) Medvedev, (Stefanos) Tsitsipas and (Alex) Zverev are among the favourites. They are the best, but it is a long tournament and anything can happen.
“Furthermore, Olympics are specific in terms of pressure, expectations and emotions – everything is different compared to other tournaments and I know that very well, I felt it on my own skin in the past. Therefore, I will try to approach the Olympics in the same way that I approach other tournaments, so that I can stay focused on my goal.”