Novak Djokovic has won 34 of 37 matches this year, losing three consecutive clay-court tournaments but conquering the most prestigious events to enter the history books. After tight triumphs over Denis Shapovalov and Alexander Zverev at the ATP Cup in Melbourne, Djokovic clinched the ninth Australian Open title despite an abdominal injury in the third round against Taylor Fritz.
The Serb defeated Daniil Medvedev in the title clash and stayed away from the pitch for a couple of months before returning to Monte Carlo. Daniel Evans surprised Novak in the third round, and the Serb lost before the final a week later in Belgrade.
Nadal defeated Novak in the final in Rome, and Djokovic won the next three tournaments and continued his brilliant career in Majors. Novak secured the second Roland Garros crown to move closer to Federer and Nadal after clinching 19 major league titles.
En route to Wimbledon as the top seed, Djokovic clinched the sixth All England Club trophy after losing two sets in seven matches in the first round and final. Playing well above his rivals, Novak defeated Denis Shapovalov and Matteo Berrettini in the semi-final round to emerge on top and celebrate the 20th Major trophy and equal the record of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
Nole doesn't want to get too ahead of himself
Speaking to reporters at a news conference from the Nikola Tesla airport in Belgrade, Novak Djokovic said it is an "honour" and "privilege" for him to represent his country at the Olympics.
"I am an individual athlete, rarely we have the occasion to be (in) a team," added the Serb. "I am grateful because we were able to win the ATP Cup and Davis Cup, and I am missing (the) Olympic gold now. I have the highest ambitions in Tokyo, it is not a secret that I am aiming for the gold medal”.
The Serb pointed out that the Olympics is a "long" tournament where "anything" can happen. “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," said Djokovic. “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," said Djokovic.
"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”.