Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Other Favorites at Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 07/20/2021, 5:53 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Men’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 21, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic with Russia’s Daniil Medvedev after their final match REUTERS/Jaimi Joy


The Olympics is inarguably the world’s biggest sporting event, which will transpire in Tokyo, Japan, this year. Moreover, it is also a tennis tournament where Novak Djokovic could come one more step closer to the Golden Slam. Given his performances in high-stake competitions, there is hardly anyone who can keep the gold away from him.

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Additionally, due to fatigue, injury, stringent COVID-19 related restrictions, and other reasons, numerous players have withdrawn from the Games. As a result, the possibility of the Serbian becoming the new Olympics champion has extensively increased.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates with the trophy after winning his final match against Italy’s Matteo Berrettini REUTERS/Toby Melville

However, there are indeed a few other favorites that could give Djokovic the major upset. Let’s find out who from the revised entry list can stop the current World No.1 in Japan.

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Players that can stop Novak Djokovic at Tokyo Olympics

Notably, both Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas have separately tried to win their maiden Grand Slam against Novak Djokovic in 2021. Although they both lost, they would be eager to take their revenge in Japan.

SHANGHAI, CHINA – OCTOBER 12: Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece congratulates to Daniil Medvedev of Russia after the Men’s Singles Semifinal of 2019 Rolex Shanghai Masters at Qi Zhong Tennis Centre on October 12, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Furthermore, Medvedev and Tsitsipas will represent Russia and Greece respectively for the first time. Thus, the passion for winning for their country might add to stop the Serbian ace.

Apart from them, talents such as Alexander Zverev, Hubert Hurkacz, Andrey Rublev, Diego Schwartzman, Felix Auger-Aliassime, and others would pose a substantial threat to Djokovic on his way to the gold.

Most significantly, all the attention will be on the two-time defending Olympics champion Andy Murray. He will indeed aim to repeat the history and improve his record of two singles gold medals to three.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL : Andy Murray of Great Britain poses with his Gold medal after defeating Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina in the Men’s singles final at Olympic Tennis Centre on in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

On paper, all the above has the potential to beat anyone on a given day. However, it would be intriguing to see if one of them could actually do it this time.

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Djokovic chasing the Golden Slam in Japan

A Golden Slam requires one player to win all four Grand Slam tournaments and the Olympic gold medal in a calendar year. So far, the Serbian ace has obtained the first three major titles. Moreover, if he wins Tokyo Olympics, he will need only the US Open 2021 to complete this ultimate tennis feat.

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Also, he would become the second player and the first man to complete the Golden Slam. Not to mention he would become the only active player to win every big title associated with tennis.

So the question remains: Would Djokovic make the ultimate history or one of the next favorites would stop him? The answer will come out between July 24 and August 1.

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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