Novak Djokovic kept rolling winning his 20th straight match with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Jan-Lennard Struff Monday at the Tokyo Olympic games.
Djokovic, who is now just four wins from a first gold, served 14 aces to pace his sixth straight win over the German.
“I am full of confidence and motivated to represent Serbia in the best possible way,” Djokovic said. “I am yearning for a medal in Tokyo, hopefully gold, and then I’ll go to New York aiming to complete it all.”
Djokovic will now meet Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.
Struff’s countryman and doubles partner Alexander Zverev was on earlier and dismissed Colombian Daniel Elahi Galan 6-2, 6-2. Zverev will face the Goergian Nikolaz Basilashvili who posted a mild upset beating Lorenzo Sonego 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.
“I played well, and I felt quite good on court, but I know the matches and opponents get tougher from now,” Zverev said. “I’ve got to play the same way and maybe compete even better. Some of the guys won’t let me play as well. That’s what the top guys do – they always find a way to disturb your rhythm a little bit. But yeah, today I had a good rhythm.
“Maybe he was a bit nervous, came out and didn’t know what to expect too much. From the first point on I thought, and this is the most important for me, I need to focus on myself. I know that I have quite a big game, I know I can hit winners, I can overpower people, and when I’m doing that, things work out well for me.”
No. 2 seed Daniil Medvedev dominated India’s Sumit Nagal 6-1, 6-1. He’ll have a big step-up in class on Wednesday in the third round against Italian Fabio Fognini.
Pablo Carreno Busta outlasted Marin Cilic in three sets. He’ll now get Germany’s Dominik Koepfer.
On tap Tuesday in Tokyo, Stefanos Tsitsipas will try to avenge a first round Wimbledon loss to Frances Tiafoe. Rio bronze medalist Kei Nishikori clashes with American Marcus Giron.
Wimbledon semifinalist Hubert Hurkacz and ROC representatives Aslan Karatsev and Karen Khachanov are also schedules.
Andy Murray also returns in doubles action. The 2-time gold winner withdrew from singles due to a right thigh strain. He’ll give it a go win the men’s doubles.
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