“You Kick My A** at Olympics” – Novak Djokovic Tells Juan Martin del Potro Ahead of Tokyo Games

Published 07/22/2021, 5:11 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Men’s Singles Photo Shoot – Brighton Beach, Melbourne, Australia, Australian Open champion Serbia’s Novak Djokovic poses with the trophy during a photo shoot at Brighton Beach REUTERS/Loren Elliott


Novak Djokovic is on his way towards glory at the Tokyo Olympic Games, as he is looking to create history. It will be an easy run this time for Nole, only because Juan Martin del Potro is not playing. The Argentine has wished him luck for his quest for gold this year, as he commented on his Instagram post.

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Novak is the World No.1 player currently, as per ATP rankings. He will have close to no competition at the Olympic Games this year and will be looking for his maiden gold medal.

Juan Martin del Potro wishes Novak Djokovic luck for his tournament

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In 2016, Novak Djokovic was the World No.1 ranked player, along with the tournament’s number one seeding. As a result of this seeding, Djokovic got Juan as his first-round opponent. Surprisingly, Juan beat the Serb in the first round and went on to reach the finals. However, Juan could not get the gold for Argentina that year, owing to a close defeat to Andy Murray.

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Juan wished Djokovic on his Instagram handle, albeit with a subtle taunt. He joked that Novak would be able to reach the finals because Juan won’t be there to stop him this time around!

As a sweet gesture, Djokovic, too, has wished good health to Juan and wishes to see him back on court soon.

Djokovic vs Juan: Head-to-Head

Djokovic faced his biggest defeat in 2016 against Juan at the Rio Olympic Games. However, he still enjoys a healthy and comfortable 16-4 lead in the head-to-head record against him. Since the 2016 Olympic defeat, Djokovic has not looked back at the sad ending to his tournament.

Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina returns the ball during his men’s singles fourth round match against Borna Coric of Croatia on Day Seven of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

However, he has risen from the dead and asserted a sense of domination in the tennis world. Djokovic faced Juan five times after 2016 and defeated him on all occasions; the Serb’s sweetest memory was the 2018 US Open win, as he beat Juan 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 in straight sets.

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Two-time Olympic medal winner, Juan has been going through injury issues since the past two years. Multiple surgeries have forced him to stay away from the court and as a result of that, he withdrew from this year’s event as well.

However, it will be World No.1, Novak Djokovic’s turn to wear the gold medal this year and hear the Serbian National Anthem in Tokyo.

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Suchit Halder

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Suchit Halder is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Management Studies from St Xavier's College, Mumbai. With a keen interest in writing and sports, Suchit has previously worked as a content writer at Football Counter and worked with the content team for Delhi Capitals during IPL 2021.

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