Novak Djokovic: ‘I don’t want to be compared to…’

Novak Djokovic had a successful and comfortable debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The 34-year-old Serbian tennis player, current world number one, was satisfied with his performance in the first match where he beat Bolivian Hugo Dellien. “It was a challenge, but I am happy to overcome the first hurdle. I think I was solid on the court. I could always do better, but for a first game I am satisfied. I think I played well enough to win, but I also know that I can do better. There were some moments that were better in training in the previous days, but that is something to be expected, because the game is a different story. As much as I have experience, this is the Olympics: the expectations, the pressure to start, to play well, at the level you want. Even so, 6-2, 6-2 at the end, I didn’t spend a lot of time on the field,” said the great favorite to win the gold medal. “It was the h*ttest day so far. The humidity is brutal. It’s certainly hot, but it’s also damp, and hard courts absorb the heat and it gets trapped there. There wasn’t much wind, not much breeze. Conditions are definitely tough. It’s tiring, especially when it’s sunny. I do not understand why the start of the first matches did not move, since the television broadcast is not an excuse either, because due to the time difference it would be good for both Europe and America”, he added in statements taken up by ‘Break Point’. In this way “Nole” took the first step in what has as his great goal of the season. After having won the first three Grand Slams of the year and with the possibility of completing the Golden Slam, a feat that no tennis player has achieved, the Serbian is clear that this is most likely the last chance he has to win the gold medal in the Olympic Games. The only great goal that you need. How far do you think Novak Djokovic will go in Tokyo 2020?

Novak Djokovic won his opening match at the Tokyo Games

Novak Djokovic won his opening match at the Tokyo Games against Bolivia’s Hugo Dellien, and will face Jan-Lennard Struff in the second round. “I don’t want to be part of the debate. I don’t want to be compared to anybody. It’s still a very long way to a potential historic achievement,” the Serbian said in a press conference. “I know that there is a lot of things on the line. I know there’s history on the line. I’m privileged and motivated to be in this position. I’ve worked very hard to be here. But let’s talk about history if everything goes great here. Right now all focus goes to the next challenge.”

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