One of the greatest sporting extravaganza—Olympics is finally about to get underway on July 24 in Tokyo. Tennis players, across the globe too have gathered to represent their respective nations, and will be eyeing a medal at the end of it all.
As far as men’s tennis goes, despite the absence of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, there is still enormous depth. While the Olympics can spring in a surprise, here’s a look at the three potential candidates who can win the Gold medal in Tokyo.
He is not only the best player on the planet today, but he has already established himself as the greatest tennis player of all time in the sport. The Serbian’s hold in men’s tennis gained more strength, after his sixth Wimbledon title a few weeks ago. Djokovic has already won the Australian Open in 2021. The 34-year-old also created history by beating Rafael Nadal at the French Open for the second time, en-route to the title.
Djokovic is currently the only player after Rod Laver to win all the Grand Slams, at least twice. After much thought, the World No.1 decided to represent his country in the Tokyo games. Given Djokovic’s fluency on the hard court, he will be the overwhelming favourite to win the coveted Gold medal, which has been eluded him since his career began. If Djokovic grabs onto the Gold Medal in Tokyo, he will be well on his way to a Golden Slam.
The Russian is the second best player on the hard courts after Djokovic. Medvedev loves playing on the hard courts, and has also made his two Grand Slam finals on the same surface, in Melbourne and New York. The World No.2 also used his skill and power to win Russia the ATP event, earlier in the year. Moreover, Medvedev is one of the fittest players on the tour and will be a serious contender for the Gold in two weeks. Remember, the 25-year-old has won 13 matches and only lost two on the hard court in 2021 till now.
The German has added amazing consistency and belief to his game over the past one year. After making his maiden Grand Slam final at the US Open in 2020, Zverev has managed to make deep end of every other Major tournament. Talk about best of three sets, and probably the 24-year-old has a better shot at upsetting the higher-ranked players more regularly, as compared to the five sets. Zverev’s big-serve, coupled with flat shots can be a massive weapon on the hard courts of Tokyo. Perhaps, a surprise package in there.