After a few days of indecision, Novak Djokovic chose to participate at the Tokyo Olympic Games with the clear intention of writing yet another page in tennis history. The number 1 in the world aims to achieve the 'Calendar Golden Slam', a unique feat that would project him even higher in general consideration.
The Serbian champion has won all three Grand Slams so far, which has allowed him to equal Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at 20 Majors. The 34-year-old from Belgrade already holds the all-time record of weeks at the top of the ATP ranking, also facilitated by the new system introduced to manage the effects of the pandemic.
Nole boasts only a bronze in Beijing in 2008, one more reason to hunt for the most precious metal in Japan. In a press conference before flying to Tokyo, the 20-time Grand Slam champion illustrated what it means for him to represent his country in a unique event like the Olympics.
The five-circle event has had to collect a long series of forfeits in recent weeks.
Novak Djokovic chose to participate at the Tokyo Olympic Games
"I am having a magnificent preparation, I arrive full of confidence and energy.
Representing Serbia is the greatest privilege and honor that can be had, and more so for an individual athlete like me, being fantastic to have the opportunity to represent a group. I have been able to win the Davis Cup and the ATP Cup, and I want to complete the circle with an Olympic gold, "declared a man (Novak Djokovic) who did not hesitate to talk about how different this event is.
"When we speak in terms of pressure and emotions that are general, the Olympic Games are unique compared to other tournaments. I have felt it in my own flesh throughout my career, so I want to stay focused. I have just spent a few days.
in Montenegro with my family who have given me great positive energy, "commented the Serbian. Asked about the most dangerous rivals he will have to face in the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games in order to achieve his great goal, Novak Djokovic was forceful.
"Although there are absences of important players, I feel that I will have to fight against many of the best in the world. Medvedev, Tsitsipas and Zverev will be clear candidates for gold, but in a tournament like this anything can happen," said the Serbian, delighted to see meet other athletes.
"It is fantastic to see athletes from other disciplines train and compete, I feel that the Olympic experience has always taught me a lot and has stimulated my sports career," he said.