Novak Djokovic’s Road to Tokyo Olympics 2020 Final and Continuing ‘Golden Slam’ Quest

Published 07/22/2021, 6:30 AM EDT
BELGRADE, SERBIA – JUNE 14: Novak Djokovic (L) of Serbia and Alexander Zverev (R) of Germany pose for a photo prior to the Adria Tour charity exhibition hosted by Novak Djokovic on June 14, 2020 in Belgrade, Serbia. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)


Serbian World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has arrived in Japan and will begin his campaign at the Tokyo Olympics in two days. Most significantly, it is the event that will decide whether he continues on his path to Golden Slam achievement.

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Only recently, the Olympics announced the men’s singles bracket for the Games this year, and it does seem to favor the 20-time Grand Slam champion. However, there might be potential obstacles he would need to conquer on his way to his maiden Olympic gold medal.

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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Djokovic’s path to men’s singles final

Notably, the Serbian ace won his third consecutive Grand Slam of the year in Wimbledon only ten days ago. Thus, fatigue would play an extensive role throughout the week for him in Japan.

But Djokovic is currently in his best shape both physically and mentally. Moreover, his odds to wear the Olympic gold on August 1 are far better than anybody in the draw.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis Training – Ariake Tennis Park, Tokyo, Japan – July 22, 2021 Novak Djokovic of Serbia embraces Alexander Zverev of Germany during training. REUTERS/Mike Segar

The 34-year-old would begin his Tokyo Olympics journey against Bolivian Hugo Dellien. Statistic-wise, Dellien is currently out of the Top 100 with only 5 ATP tour-level appearances in 2021, winning only one of them.

As per ATP Rankings, Djokovic would potentially face German Jan-Lennard Struff in the second round. Following that, one member of the Davidovich Fokina, John Millman, and Lorenzo Musetti trio could face the Serbian in pre-quarters.

Indeed, the competition toughens for the 2008 Beijing Olympics bronze medallist from quarterfinals onwards. In the last eight, Djokovic could most likely face Russian Andrey Rublev, and in the semifinals, German Alexander Zverev.

What’s interesting is that Zverev had already been contemplating overcoming Djokovic in the Olympics. But when it actually comes down to the match, would he be able to do so?

Also Read: “Have a Chance to Beat Him”: Alexander Zverev Confident of Defeating Novak Djokovic at Tokyo Olympics 2020

Quest for Golden Slam continues for Novak Djokovic

In the Tokyo Olympics men’s singles bracket, Djokovic and Andy Murray are the only ones who could lose something. However, the most attention would go to the Serbian who is on the way to complete the ultimate feat in tennis, the Golden Slam.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis Training – Ariake Tennis Park, Tokyo, Japan – July 22, 2021 Novak Djokovic of Serbia during training. REUTERS/Mike Segar

In the last Olympics, Novak suffered an opening-round exit and left Rio in tears. This time around, he will want to leave only after winning his first gold medal for Serbia.

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The tournament will start on July 24 and conclude on August 1, 2021. Do you think Novak’s quest will go on to US Open or end in Tokyo?

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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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