Brandon Nakashima, 19, reveals what he has learned from Novak Djokovic



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Brandon Nakashima, 19, reveals what he has learned from Novak Djokovic

Rising American star Brandon Nakashima learned from world No. 1 Novak Djokovic to always stay focused and to pay attention to little details. Nakashima, 19, had a chance to train with record 20-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic.

"The biggest thing I’ve learned from practising from Novak Djokovic would probably be just the way he goes about everything. It’s how he’s super-focused, pays attention to all the little details both on the court when he’s practising and during the matches as well," Nakashima told the ATP website.

Djokovic ready for the Tokyo Olympics Djokovic, who is one of the most accomplished players in tennis history, is aiming to win his maiden gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics. “The schedule is really rough but I feel that my preparations were good,” Djokovic told reporters on Tuesday, per Tennis Majors.

“Also, I won a lot of matches recently, which always gives you extra confidence and energy boost. Playing for my country, it is the highest honour and privilege for me. I am an individual athlete, rarely we have the occasion to be a team.

I am grateful because we were able to win the ATP Cup and Davis Cup, and I am missing Olympic gold now. I have the highest ambitions in Tokyo, it is not a secret that I am aiming for the gold medal”. Djokovic, who suffered a first round loss at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, acknowledged that there is specific pressure at the Olympics.

“Although some players from the top are not coming, there are also a lot of elite players fighting for medals: (Daniil) Medvedev, (Stefanos) Tsitsipas and (Alex) Zverev are among the favourites. They are the best, but it is a long tournament and anything can happen.

“Furthermore, Olympics are specific in terms of pressure, expectations and emotions – everything is different compared to other tournaments and I know that very well, I felt it on my own skin in the past. Therefore, I will try to approach the Olympics in the same way that I approach other tournaments, so that I can stay focused on my goal”.