Novak Djokovic “Feels Great” Ahead Of Chase For Olympic Gold

by Staff | July 23rd, 2021, 4:29 pm

Ahead for Novak Djokovic are the most important seven weeks of his tennis career, and it begins Saturday in Tokyo where he will open play in his bid for a first gold medal at the Olympics.

If he’s successful at completing the “Career Golden Slam” joining Rafael Nadal and Andre Agassi as men to do it, he’ll move on to New York for the US Open where he’ll try for the “Golden Slam” and to break the 20-20-20 tie he shared atop the Grand Slam Leaderboard with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

The Serb, who has stated he wants both gold and the US Open title, is ready for the challenge.

“I feel great. Physically and mentally, I’m ready to perform at my best,” Djokovic told the press Thursday in Tokyo. “I’m going to be ready to fight. I’m the type of player who plays better the more the tournament advances, so I believe in myself.

“I’ve had arguably the best Grand Slam season in my sport so far, winning three out of three Grand Slams, so I could not have a better preparation and lead-up to the Olympic Games than I’ve had this year. Hopefully, I can have another great tournament.

“As for the pressure, in sport, all of us are aware of what pressure means and it is something we are not afraid of. However, the older you are, the more experience and the more matches you have behind you.”

Despite winning his third straight Slam at Wimbledon and running his win streak to 18, Djokovic is still on edge.

“I was nervous in previous Olympics, and it is obviously normal that when I represent my country and I’m playing for the Serbian Olympic team at the Olympics, it is different,” Djokovic admitted.

“But I’m not also going to consider these Olympics as a normal tournament, I’m very aware that a lot of people are expecting the best from me and hoping I will have the best result.

Djokovic won the bronze medal in 2008 Beijing where he lost to Nadal in the semifinals but recovered to beat James Blake for the medal. It’s his fourth Olympics after losing the last two matches to Juan Martin del Potro in the London bronze match and in the Rio first round.

“It’s an honor to be part of the Serbian Olympic team once again,” he added. “I’m happy to have been at an Olympic Games three times so far in my career and to have had the fortune to win a bronze medal back in 2008. It feels like quite a long time ago right now.

“The Olympic experience is a unique experience. It is the most special and most historic sports event in the history of sport.

Djokovic will open against the lightly-regarded No. 1239 Hugo Dellien of Bolivia.

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6 Comments for Novak Djokovic “Feels Great” Ahead Of Chase For Olympic Gold

chrisford1 Says:

While this is about Djokovic, mention that Andy starts his Olympics today, and his luck isn’t any better in the doubles draw than in singles. He and his partner drew Herbert and Mahut. Then is singles 1st round match is Felix AA, who I think is hot and will beat Andy.

I’m rooting against Andy anyways.
Greedy Scottish piglet! Has 2 golds and wants to root and snout for another. Go away! Let someone else win!

This competition does matter a lot to many players, even if it is sort of “off to the side” like Davis Cup and not core to a player’s pro career. Look at Djokovic, as all talk loops to him, even those . I’ve seen him loose close ones, matches like the 2015 FO Final everyone thought he would win – but I’ve never seen him as wrecked, as out of control crying – as he was when Delpo nipped him in the 1st Round at RIO.

Truth Says:

Nole hardly focused in the Olympics. Del Po rubbed it in on Djoker’s Instagram. Poor GOAT🤣

Similar to clay events and US Open.
To be fair, Nole was a much inferior player in 2012-2016 and on some days, had an unclutch serve prior to 2018.

Giles Says:

Cif calling ANDY a Scottish Piglet! Really? How about the SERBIAN Pig? He’s the greedy one.
Btw Andy won his dubs match. Well done ANDY. A third gold in either event is not impossible He just needs a little luck.

skeezer Says:

“I feel great. Physically and mentally, I’m ready to perform at my best,”

Who wouldn’t when the field of players is the weakest in the history of Tennis Olympics.

Truth Says:

After fake #1 Hewitt and Roddick (under 22% return games won on all surfaces) were around for over 10 years to destroy tennis, the current top 10 look vastly superior.

skeezer Says:

Fake? You keep harping on Roddick and Hewitt. Those 2 guys have Slams on their resume. New guys currently? 0

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