Tennis at Tokyo Olympics 2020: Novak Djokovic off to a flying start in his quest to Olympic Gold

Top seed and overwhelming favorite Novak Djokovic got the better of Hugo Dellien of Bolivia in the opening round of the Tokyo Olympics.

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic

World No.1 Novak Djokovic started his Tokyo 2020 campaign on a bang with a comfortable victory over Bolivia’s Hugo Dellien on centre court. The Serb got the better of Dellien in straight sets 6-2,6-2 to reach the second round.

Djokovic is competing in his 4th Olympic games and is hoping to win a Gold medal, the only piece of silverware missing from his elite cabinet. He won bronze in Beijing 2008, finished 4th in London 2012 and bowed out of the opening round of Rio 2016. Hence, an Olympic gold seems like a must, given his illustrious career.

In his first round match, he started off on a very positive note and showed no signs of physical or mental wear. Despite playing on the hardcourts after after almost 5 months, Djokovic was on song right from word go and broke Dellien’s serve early on. He seemed to have no trouble with his serve and moved very well. He got a double break’s lead and won the opening set 6-2.

Djokovic had the much needed momentum and wasn’t going to let it slip. The 20-time grand slam champion proved his mettle once again and broke Dellien early. He was toying around at one point and was quick to wrap up the second set 6-2.

Djokovic will now face Germany’s Jan Lennard Struff in the second round. The German beat Thiago Monteiro of Brazil in the first round 6-3,6-4 to set up a clash with the top seed.

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Lakshya Chopra is an aspiring sports writer and enthusiast who covers tennis for FirstSportz. He is currently pursuing his B.Tech (Computer) degree from VIIT, Pune. He is the most passionate guy in the room when it comes to Sports. He is hugely inspired by Rafael Nadal.