Prior to the event, the individual male seeds were announced. As anticipated, Novak Djokovic takes the top spot. The Serbian, who is on a streak of consecutive Grand Slam titles in two months, is eager to clinch the first gold medal at the Olympics.
Furthermore, the prospect of landing a golden coup is intriguing to the Serb. Despite stiff competition, Djokovic looks invincible today. Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev follows Djokovic and was the second seed. Medvedev, who failed to live up to his expectations at Wimbledon, will seek redemption in Tokyo.
After the Olympics, the world number two will have many points to defend and is at high risk of losing the number two spot to Rafael Nadal. Due to the withdrawal of the Spanish, Stefanos Tsitsipas takes the third seed. After an incredible season on clay, the Greek had back-to-back setbacks at Wimbledon and the recently concluded Hamburg Open.
Tsitsipas' loss in the French Open final by being within two sets to love Djokovic could have had an impact on his recent performances. Despite his career, the Greek is always a threat and has the ability to triumph in the Olympics.
Germany's top tennis star Alexander Zverev is the fourth seed in Tokyo. Zverev has been a consistent player in the grand slams and reached the second week in the majors since the US Open last year. But the German didn't register a single top-10 win in slams, which will be of concern to him at the Tokyo Olympics.
Along with the previous four, talented athletes such as Andrey Rublev, Hubert Hurkacz, Diego Schwartzman, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Aslan Karatsev, etc., are among the top 10 favorites.
Novak Djokovic has been in the form of his life
Reflecting upon the same, his coach, Goran Ivanisevic, talked about the challenges of working with a player of his stature.
Novak Djokovic’s hunger for more and his desire to get better continues to drive him forward. However, as much as Goran lauds his attitude, he wonders if he will ever be satisfied. “In other way can be tough sometimes because he wants better.
Today he was good, tomorrow has to be better, better. I mean, till when?” Goran said. Despite Novak being his prodigy, coach Goran explained how influential Novak’s character can be on the coach himself. He said, “Novak is a perfectionist who in one way is unbelievable for me as a coach and Marian.
He drives you to be better every day. I always told him that he has good volleys, but he never wants to come to the net. Somehow in Wimbledon, we saw semis and final on very important points… I didn’t change his technique. I’m not there. But just give confidence for him to understand he can do it in the big points,” said Goran.