After all the uncertainty and chaos, the 2021 Olympics will finally get underway on July 23 in Tokyo. However, the tennis event will only commence from July 24. While some big names likes Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem and Roger Federer have withdrawn from the mega event, the men’s division is still lucky to have World No.1 Novak Djokovic and No.2 Daniil Medvedev in the mix.
Going by the current men’s roster, it is a guarantee that we will see a new Olympic medallist. Big names in Federer, Nadal and Andy Murray aren’t a part of the field and that might open doors for the rest of the field.
As expected, Djokovic is the top seed and will lead the pack, as he seeks his first ever Olympic medal. Given his first round exit at Rio in 2016, the Serb would be keen on erasing bad memoires and adding the medal to his already celebrated kitty. It is not to be forgotten that the 20-time Grand Slam winner is chasing a Golden Slam for the year. Therefore, expect Djokovic to be at his very best over the next fortnight.
Meanwhile, Medvedev is seeded two, with Stefanos Tstisipas and Alexander Zverev seeded three and four respectively. While the Russian made his second final earlier in the year in Melbourne, the Greek ended up as the runner-up at Roland Garros. Given the comfort Medvedev, Tsitsipas and Zverev possess on the hard courts, it will be interesting to see who basks in the glory.
List of top seeds at 2021 Olympics
- Novak Djokovic
- Daniil Medvedev
- Stefanos Tsitsipas
- Alexander Zverev
- Andrey Rublev
- Pablo Carreno Busta
- Hubert Hurkacz
- Diego Schwartzman
- Felix Auger-Aliassime
- Gael Monfils
The seventh seed has been given to Spain’s veteran Pablo Carreno Busta. Hubert Hurkacz who stunned Federer at Wimbledon is going to be the eight seed for the event. The Pole is looking to become the first male player from his country to win a medal at the Olympics.
The No.5 seed has gone to Andrey Rublev, who has been making quite a few statements on the court in 2021. The Russian can overpower opponents on a given day and will fancy chances of getting a medal in Tokyo. Unfortunately, No.6 seed Matteo Berrettini has pulled out of the Tokyo games, due to a thigh injury.
Given the rankings and current form, Djokovic and Medvedev are billed as the prime contenders to walk away with the gold medal.