Unlike Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic Commits To Play for Gold Medal at Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 07/16/2021, 6:05 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates winning the second set during his final match against Italy’s Matteo Berrettini REUTERS/Paul Childs


Due to the ongoing pandemic outbreak, Tokyo Olympics has many rigid restrictions. Therefore, numerous top players have taken the difficult decision to withdraw, including Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. However, determined on his path to Golden Slam, Novak Djokovic will travel to Japan and try for the gold medal.

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Earlier, the Serbian ace dropped a hint about his plans for the Games when he wished a young Japanese fan on his sixth birthday. However, many wondered if the video was before the ‘behind closed doors’ policy came into place. Sensing the confusion, Djokovic came forward and confirmed his plans for the next week.

“Cannot disappoint my little friend Koujirou. I booked my flight for Tokyo and will proudly be joining #TeamSerbia for the Olympics,” Djokovic wrote on Twitter.

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Since Djokovic will be the only member of the 20 Grand Slams club, will his chances improve at the Games? Or will Great Britain’s Andy Murray take the gold for the third time in a row?

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 10: Novak Djokovic of Serbia talks with Andy Murray of Great Britain before their practice match ahead of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 10, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Given the momentum, the current World No. 1 is playing exceptionally well in high-stake tournaments. However, the pressure doubles up as he closes in on the Golden Slam realization. Hence, it would be interesting to see how Djokovic handles those nerves again.

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Has Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, or Novak Djokovic won a gold medal in the singles tournament?

None of the big three players have become an Olympics champion in the men’s singles event. Moreover, Federer and Nadal reasoned injury doubts and incomplete recovery, respectively, for their withdrawal this time. It seems improbable for the two to win the gold in Paris in 2024.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 05: Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts against Andy Murray of Great Britain during the Men’s Singles Tennis Gold Medal Match on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

On the other side, the 34-year-old Djokovic is in his best shape, both physically and mentally. Thus, it wouldn’t surprise anyone in the tennis society if the Serbian is wearing a gold medal around his neck two weeks from now at Tokyo Olympics.

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A Golden Slam is when a tennis player wins all four Grand Slams titles and the Olympic gold in the same calendar year. Until now, Djokovic has won the first three majors, so only the gold and the US Open remain.

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If he completes the feat, he will become the first man and second tennis player after German legend Steffi Graf (1988) to achieve this feat.

Can Novak Djokovic become a singles gold medallist before Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer? Stay tuned for the Games starting from July 24th, 2021.

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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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