Players to Look Out For:
World No.1 Novak Djokovic
A Grand Slam run like no other. A record 30th Masters 1000 Title. Dominance is probably the best way to describe Novak Djokovic for the past year and a half. Entering the tournament on the back of a fourth Rogers Cup Title last weekend, Djokovic will be in no mood for mercy, as he represents Serbia in the Singles and Doubles Events. Djokovic is the only participating member of the Big 4 to not have an Olympics Singles Medal to his name and given his form, he will be looking to win the elusive Gold Medal and complete a Career Golden Slam.
Wimbledon Champion Andy Murray
The 2012 Olympics Gold Medalist is having his best season till date. Having reached all the three Grand Slam Finals this year, he is the biggest threat to Djokovic. Murray led his country to glory in last year’s Davis Cup victory, and will seek to emulate similar performances at the Olympics. Expect grit and perseverance, as the Scot seeks to win a second Gold Medal, and repeat his 2012 exploits.
Probably the greatest name in Women’s Tennis, there is no stopping Serena Williams. The recently crowned 22 time Women’s Singles Grand Slam Champion already has 4 gold medals to her name, with three in Doubles, while partnering her sister. Despite already securing a legacy which will long be remembered, Serena will still look to win, something she has made a habit out of. Defending her title, Serena has been as formidable as ever, and is the title favorite by all margins.
It’s not often that a player of his stature gets an underdog status. But a lean season coupled with his injury, makes him fit into this category, unfortunately. The 2008 Gold Medalist will be making a comeback from injury, which he sustained at the French Open this year. While his year has not been the best, he is still a threat to other members of the Big Four. With the mental strength he has and his never give in attitude, it’ll certainly be a delight to watch him play, regardless of his performance this Olympics.
Despite a short injury layoff, Nishikori managed to reach the final of the Rogers Cup, succumbing to Djokovic, and settling for the runners up title. One of three Japanese players in the main draw, Nishikori is probably Japan’s best chance at winning a Tennis Medal this year. A player who has made remarkable improvement in his game over the years, Nishikori is capable of unsettling even the big players in the game with his speedy footwork and superb shots. It’s time to watch out for him.