The number one in world tennis, the Serbian Novak Djokovic, debuted at the Tokyo Olympics against the Bolivian Hugo Dellien, 139 in the ATP ranking, and could find his way to the final with the Russian Andrey Rublev, in the quarterfinals and with the German Alexander Zverev, 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 receive the ‘Golden Slam. ‘On his side of In the table, according to the draw carried out in Tokyo, the Spaniards Alejandro Davidovich (16) also appear, who will make his debut against the Portuguese Pedro Sousa and will face the Serbian in the third round; and Roberto Carballés, who will open competition against Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili and Djokovic will not be measured 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, Russian Daniil Medvedev, will start against Kazakh Alexander Bublik and on his way to the final he could meet Spanish Pablo Carreño, sixth seed, who will make his debut against American Tennys Sandgren in the quarterfinals. Greek third-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas will start against German Philip Kohlschreiber and would be Medvedev’s rival in the semi-finals. The Argentine Diego Schwartzman (8) has also fallen in this half of the table, with the Peruvian Diego Varillas as the first rival; the Spaniard Pablo Andújar, with Ugo Humbert as the initial opponent; and double Olympic champion (2012 and 2016) Andy Murray.
Struff opens up on Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic and Jan-Lennard Struff won their respective first-round matches at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday, thereby setting up a mouth-watering second-round clash against each other. Struff acknowledged he had to be at his best to stand a chance against Djokovic, but asserted his belief in his own ability. “I really wanted the match,” Struff said. “It’s absolutely special. Novak is currently in incredible form. I have to play my best tennis, otherwise I don’t have a chance. I’ve played him a couple of times and unfortunately I always lost. But I believe I can win, otherwise I wouldn’t even play. Everyone wants to trip him up – me too.” World No.1 Novak Djokovic got off to a great start at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. The Serbian legend enjoyed a comfortable victory as he thrashed his opponent, Hugo Dellien, in straight sets in the very first round. The final scoreline of the match was 6-2, 6-2.