Tokyo Olympics 2020: Novak Djokovic cruises past Jan-Lennard Struff to move one step closer to the Gold medal

The favourite for gold medal, Novak Djokovic breezes past Jan-Lennard Struff in the second round at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic is competing in his 4th Olympic Games and after a disappointing loss in the first round of the 2016 Rio Games, the Serbian will be hoping to win the gold medal in Tokyo. The Olympic gold is the only title he has yet to claim and winning this year will get him one step closer to achieving the Calendar Golden Grand Slam.

World number 1, Novak Djokovic dominated on the court once again in his second-round match at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics against world number 48, Jan-Lennard Struff. The Serbian secured his place in the third round in under 75 minutes and took the win in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3.

At the end of the match, Djokovic won a total of 63 points compared to Struff’s 45 points. Djokovic used every opportunity he got by converting all 3 of his break points while Struff converted 1 out of 2.

In the first set, Djokovic used his impeccable serve to take the win in 35 minutes. With 70% first serves going in and an astonishing, 11 aces, Djokovic did not let the German break him despite getting a break point. He took advantage of Struff’s 58% first serve and broke him to take the lead by 1 set.

The Serbian continued the same momentum in the second set. Despite Djokovic’s 71% first serve, Struff broke the world number 1. However, with just 1 unforced error throughout the whole set, Djokovic converted both his break points and won the set, which put him through to the third round of the Games.

Djokovic will now face number 16 seed, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina from Spain in the third round. This will be the 2nd meeting between the duo who last met in Rome in 2021 in the round of 16 where Djokovic took the win in straight sets. Djokovic currently leads their head to head tie 1-0.

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Ananya Agarwal is a sports enthusiast who is currently pursuing her B.Sc. Sports Management degree from Loughborough University, United Kingdom. She is extremely passionate and interested in almost any sport but especially Tennis, Formula 1 and Cricket.