Novak Djokovic: ‘I’m not in touch with Steffi Graf but…’

The main draw draw was held at the Tokyo Olympics and all eyes are on what Novak Djokovic does. The current world number one starts as the top favorite to climb to the top of the podium, just the pending account that he has in his career, the only one. “Nole”, 34, is in a position to opt for the Golden Slam, and for now he already knew the path that he would have to travel in search of his great goal. Djokovic will have a relatively similar debut, having to face Bolivian Hugo Dellien. This will be the first time that both players have seen each other on a court. In the second round, Djokovic would face the winner of the duel between the dangerous German player Jan-Lennard Struff and the Brazilian Thiago Monteiro. For the third round, the Spanish Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (16) or the Italian Lorenzo Musetti would appear on the horizon. The first difficult opponent would come in the quarterfinals, where he could face the Russian Andrey Rublev (5). In that same high part of the table, there are other dangerous figures such as the German Alexander Zverev (4), the Polish Hubert Hurkacz (7) and the Russian Aslán Karatsev (11) with whom it could be measured in the semifinals. The lower sector of the ‘draw’ is commanded by the Russian Daniil Medvedev (2), the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (3), the Spanish Pablo Carreño Busta (6), the Argentine Diego Schwartzman (8) and the Canadian Félix Auger-Aliassime (9).

Djokovic won the first three Majors of the year

Novak Djokovic has arrived in Japan for the Tokyo Olympics 2020, and he is looking as confident as ever. Having won the first three Majors of the year, Djokovic is three-fifths of the way to a ‘Calendar Golden Slam’ i.e. winning all four Majors plus the Olympics gold in the same year. “I’m not in touch with Steffi,” the Serb said. “But if you could connect me with her I would be delighted to ask her how she did it. I have utmost respect and admiration for Steffi and everything she has achieved in her career, the mark that she left on our sport. When I was thinking about her ultimate achievement – the four Slams and Olympic gold medal in one year – I thought there was only a slim chance that someone could do it again,” Djokovic said. “But right now it seems more and more realistic for me. Of course that’s one of the goals and dreams. It is hard to compare the circumstances back in the day when she played and now. But still, the champion mentality that she possesses is definitely something that inspires me. Hopefully I’ll be able to use that in my upcoming task.”

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