With the busy schedule this summer, Novak Djokovic admitted he too thought about skipping the Canadian Masters in Toronto just like Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal did. But an early loss at Wimbledon made the trip more appealing and he says it’s perfect preparation for Rio.
“I did consider it, I think, as most of the other top players,” Djokovic said Wednesday. “But under the circumstances that I was in in last month or so and early exit in Wimbledon, obviously, you know, allowed me to have more time.
“I actually think that Toronto is a great way for me to, you know, prepare for Olympic Games and what’s coming up after that. But also, you know, to enjoy my time in this tournament that I always love playing.”
Djokovic is a 3-time Canadian Open champion but has never won the Olympic gold or the Cincinnati title. And he’s no longer worried about the Zika virus.
“I did get more information on it,” he said. “My decision is to go to Olympic Games, because from the informations and facts that I got, it’s not as it’s presented, it’s not as dangerous. Of course there is always a possibility that you can get that virus, but I think, you know, maybe the fuss and the buzz about that virus has been created with some kind of other intent. But I’m not going to get into that. But, you know, for me it’s safe enough and I’m going to go.”
Tonight, Djokovic will try to win his 25th match against Tomas Berdych in the Toronto quarterfinals. The World No. 1 is now three wins shy of a 30th career Masters 1000 title.
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