World No. 48 Jan-Lennard Struff has acknowledged that it won’t be easy to beat Novak Djokovic but he is confident he could beat the Serb.
Struff has played Djokovic five times over the course of his career and he has never beaten the Serb.
Struff and Djokovic are now set to meet in the Tokyo Olympics second round.
“It will be a special match. Novak is currently in a great form and I will not have a chance unless I play my best tennis. I have never beaten Novak, but I believe in victory, otherwise I would not be playing. Every player wants to beat Novak, so do I,” Struff said, per Sport Klub.
Struff and Djokovic claimed routine wins
Struff beat Brazil’s Thiago Monteiro in straight sets in the Tokyo first round, while Djokovic overcame Hugo Dellien in two sets.
“Obviously it’s the sSame for everyone and it’s something we’ve known coming into Tokyo, we expected that the conditions were going to be very tough, but before you come here and experience that you don’t really know how difficult it is,” Djokovic said after his Tokyo opener.
“Today there was not much of a breeze. I felt like there was trapped hot air that was absorbed by the surface. It was tough, and probably tougher for the earlier matches. I at least had half of the match in shade so I could see the ball better and not feel dizzy on the court.”
While explaining how he felt on the court, Djokovic said: “You’re constantly dehydrated, you feel you have weights on your shoulders because there’s so much heat and humidity and stagnated air.
“You don’t feel yourself, you feel slow with your legs. It’s not the first time we get to experience tough conditions. I actually spoke to a couple of guys in the locker room and all of them said this is the toughest that they have experienced day to day.”