Novak Djokovic reached Tokyo this morning and is ready to sign the umpteenth feat of his career. The Serbian champion has reached the Slam record of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal by winning the Wimbledon tournament for the sixth time and will now try to win the gold medal at the Olympic Games.
Daniil Medvedev reflects on Novak Djokovic
Ahead of his 2020 Tokyo Olympics campaign, World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev spoke at length about a number of topics, right from the conditions in the Olympic Village to the controversial scheduling at Wimbledon. Medvedev did not play a full match on Center Court despite being the second seed at the tournament. On the other hand, every match of Roger Federer was scheduled on the showpiece court. “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 Novak 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.” Certainly, the man to beat, Djokovic mentioned he is fully prepared and rearing to compete at the highest level to accomplish his dream of winning a gold medal for his country. “I feel great physically, mentally. I feel ready to perform at my best. I’ve had arguably the best Grand Slam season in my sport so far – winning three out of three Grand Slams. I could not have better preparation,” said Djokovic. “I am happy that Del Potro is not here… I wrote him that. But I’m happy to see him back on the tennis court. … I hope he can be on the high level very soon,” said Djokovic. Been handed an easy draw, Djokovic would begin his historic pursuit against Bolivia’s Hugo Dellien in the first round. Djokovic might face Alexander Zverev in the semifinals and would most likely meet either Daniil Medvedev or Stefanos Tsitsipas in the finals.