Bolivian tennis player Hugo Dellien asked world No. 1 Novak Djokovic for his shirt following their clash at the Tokyo Olympics.
Dellien, ranked at No. 139 in the world, stood no chance against Djokovic as the Serb won 6-2 6-2 to progress into the Tokyo second round.
Dellien saved three break points in the fourth game to level the set at two games apiece but the Serb then claimed back-to-back breaks and won four consecutive games to win the opener.
Djokovic also earned two breaks in the second set to book a comfortable straight-set win.
At the net, Djokovic and Dellien had a pleasant exchange.
Dellien asks for Djokovic’s shirt.
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Djokovic aims to win his first gold medal
Prior to the Tokyo Olympics, Djokovic said: “The schedule is really rough but I feel that my preparations were good. 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 also said it would not be easy in Tokyo.
“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.”
Djokovic plays next against Jan-Lennard Struff, who beat Thiago Monteiro.