Novak Djokovic is all set to fight for the Olympics Gold medal, the only title missing from his huge trophy cabinet. The Serbian does have an Olympic Bronze won at the 2008 Beijing Olympics but he is aiming to go the distance this time at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The World No. 1 will be one of the favourites for the title as he is yet to lose a match this year on Hardcourts, the surface on which this year’s Olympics are scheduled to be played. The Nole has already won 3 Grand Slams this year and now travels to Tokyo in his hunt for the coveted Olympics Gold that will put him in a list of elite players to have won all the 4 Grand Slams and the Olympic Gold.
While many are undermining this year’s Olympics due to many athletes pulling out due to the rising Covid-19 cases in Japan or using the Olympics as a break time to rest their bodies, Djokovic shrugged off the baseless opinions and spoke about how the Olympics are still as important as they were before and a good crop of players is indeed coming in the battle for the Gold.
“Although some players from the top are not coming, there are a lot of elite players fighting for medals: Medvedev, Tsitsipas and Zverev are among the favourites. They are the best, but it’s a long tournament and anything can happen,” said Novak explaining why it won’t be an easy journey for him at the Olympics despite him being one of the favourites.
Novak Djokovic calls the Olympics an ‘unique feeling’
The Olympics are every athlete’s dream growing up and it was no different for the Serbian. As he prepares to participate in the 4th Olympics of his career, Novak talked about the feeling of playing at the mega-sports event and what is the experience being with top athletes of different sports all under the same roof during the course of the Games.
“Furthermore, Olympics are specific in terms of pressure, expectations and emotions – everything is different compared to other tournaments and I know that very well, I felt it on my own skin in the past. Therefore, I will try to approach the Olympics in the same way that I approach other tournaments, so that I can stay focused on my goal.
“It really is a unique feeling. The village: best athletes in the world share time, we eat and sleep under the same roof. It is a valuable experience that spurred my individual career afterwards. It is interesting to see other elite athletes practising, preparing, eating, and recovering. It is fun, but it is useful as well, the knowledge you get,” said Novak.
The tennis event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will start on the 24th July with the finals set to be played on 1st August, with many hoping to see Novak be there on the podium.