“We joked that he can’t hang out with us!” : Novak Djokovic on Serbian shooting silver medallist Damir Mikec

Serbia have had a good start to this year's Olympics and already have a medal to show for it, with Damir Mekic winning the 10m air pistol silver.

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Mikec and Novak are part of the Serbian contingent and have started on a good note

Serbian shooter Damir Mikec today won the silver medal in the men’s 10m air pistol event and Novak Djokovic had a funny excerpt to share about his compatriot.

Mikec kicks off Serbian tally with 10m pistol silver

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Damir with his Olympic Silver Medal

Foroughi won the gold medal with an Olympic record score of 244.8 while Mikec had to settle for the silver with a score of 237.9. He is part of a Serbian contingent that has got off to a flier, with superstar Novak Djokovic helping himself to an easy straight set win 6-2, 6-2 over Hugo Dellien of Bolivia in the first round

Novak paid tribute to 37-year-old Mikec and shared a funny moment from the Serbian bubble.

Novak joked that Damir wasn’t allowed to hang out with the rest of the Serbians due to his shooting gym being very far away and him having to leave very early for practice every day

Novak looks to add to it…

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Novak Djokovic looks all set to challenge for the gold medal after 3 unsuccessful attempts

Djokovic himself is odds-on to win a medal for Serbia, most probably the gold that he needs to continue on his way to the career golden slam, an achievement so rare that only 4 people have done it, and only one person (Steffi Graf in 1988) has achieved it in a single year.

Novak today started his gold medal quest with a dominant victory at the Ariake Tennis Park and now looks forward to a clash against Jan Lennard Struff of Germany, who defeated Thiago Monteiro of Brazil 6-3, 6-4.

He comes into his 4th Olympics appearance, having won the bronze in 2008, 4th place in 2012 and was shocked in the first round by Juan Martin Del Potro despite being the number one seed for the event. He will be hoping to finally win the elusive gold and this looks like his final opportunity, given he will be 37 at the next Olympics.

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