World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has announced that he will participate in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. The 34-year-old Djokovic is set to make his fourth consecutive Olympic appearance. Djokovic, who is one of the most accomplished players in tennis history, will aim to lift his first Olympic gold medal in Tokyo.
"I am very proud to pack for Tokyo and join our national team in the fight for the brightest medals in the Olympic arenas. For me, the game for Serbia has always been a special joy and motivation and I will do my best to achieve it.
Everyone happy! Come on, "Djokovic announced Thursday night. Djokovic beat Matteo Berrettini in the Wimbledon final to lift his sixth title at the Cathedral. "It was more than a battle," Djokovic said. Winning Wimbledon was always my biggest dream as a kid.
I know how special this is and I don't want to take it for granted. I was a seven year old in Serbia, I was building a Wimbledon tennis trophy out of makeshift materials in my room and now I am here with six titles. It's amazing.
"When asked what it means to win a No. 20 Grand Slam title, Djokovic said: "It means that none of us will stop [playing]. I have to pay a huge tribute to Rafa and Roger as legends of our sport, the two most important players of my career and why I am the player that I am today.
They made me realize what I needed to improve, mentally, physically and tactically. When I first got into the Top 10, for three or four years, I lost most of the big games against these guys and something changed in late 2010 and early 2011.
The last 10 years have been an incredible journey and it doesn't stop here."
Cash opens up on Novak Djokovic
Former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash has hailed Novak Djokovic for his ability to constantly improve different aspects of his game.
Weighing in on Djokovic's victory over Berrettini, Pat Cash said the Serb is getting better with each passing year. "He’s a phenomenal athlete, I think we know about that," Cash was quoted as telling BBC by Tennishead.
"You know, he’s adding strings to his bow all the time. It’s almost shocking to think – in actual fact he’s getting better. Obviously he’s got the mental focus... He’s got the determination," he added.
"He needed to have the returns working [against Berrettini] because Berrettini has got an absolutely phenomenal serve," Cash claimed. "He struggled a little bit in the first set getting the serve back, but after that, boy those first serves – unless Berrettini hit 130 miles an hour on the line – they were coming back," the Aussie said.
"And we know him as this amazing returner, but you’ve got to be an incredible athlete to get to those shots."