World No.1 Novak Djokovic comes into the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as the top favourite to win the coveted gold medal. Although the Serb has tasted success on the mega event before, by winning the bronze medal in 2008, the 20-time Grand Slam champion is keen to grabbing gold for his nation.
Aside of the pride in representing Serbia, Djokovic is also eyeing a rare feat- to become the only man in the Open Era to win a Golden Slam. Already the 34-year-old has won the first three Grand Slams of the year, and is targeting a clean, Calendar Slam sweep at the upcoming US Open.
The top-ranked Djokovic will kick start his Olympic dream by taking on Hugo Dellien. The Bolivian qualified at the last minute for the Tokyo games and will have his hands full against the 20-time Grand Slam champion.
Hugo Dellien excited to face Djokovic in Tokyo opener
While many players would express their anxiety and nervousness, the 28-year-old took to twitter to share his excitement.
“Some say it’s bad luck that I play against the world number 1 in the first round! I think and tell them that when you walked into the Olympics at the last minute when you didn’t even think you were going to play and it turns out that now you are making your ultimate dream come true.”
“And in case something was missing to make him really crazy, I will play against the world number 1, one of the best in history, for me the future biggest winner in the history of Tennis and who is now at the best time of his career. I come back to you to ask you is this bad luck? For me it is THE MOST BEAUTIFUL DREAM OF MY LIFE!!”
“And the best thing about it is to see my FLAG there!!! Compete and share with the best athletes in the world.”
Currently, Dellien is ranked 139 on the ATP tour.