With the temperature reaching 35°C and humidity rising to over 80%, it was a challenging day for all the players at the Tokyo Olympics. The matches started at 11:00 local time, which caused negative comments from many players, including the top favorites Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev.
The Russian finished his encounter first, and he blasted the organizers for their careless schedule, suggesting they shouldn't have started the day before 13:30. World no. 1 Novak Djokovic was on the same page with Daniil, finishing his duties against Hugo Dellien in an hour but still saying the schedule is entirely wrong in these weather conditions.
Novak barely lost a point on serve against the Bolivian, holding the strings of the match in his hands and earning a couple of breaks in each set to advance into the second round. Djokovic, who chases his first Olympic gold medal, will face Jan-Lennard Struff in the second round.
Novak Djokovic isn't happy with the Tokyo Olympics schedule.
"The conditions are very tough. Today, from also speaking to the other players, it was the warmest day so far. It's very warm and humid, and the hard courts absorb the heat that stays trapped in there.
Not much wind or breeze. Maybe there was a bit more wind on the other days, which helped refresh and cool down, but not much today. It was definitely challenging, but I'm pleased to overcome the first hurdle. I agree with Daniil 100%.
I've heard for tennis there is some kind of curfew they have to finish at midnight, but if that's the case, I've just finished the last match, and it's not even 5 p.m. They have lights on every court, and they will make life much easier for all tennis players if we start the matches later.
I just don't understand why they don't move the schedule. It's actually even better for the TV broadcasters because the later you play, the better it is for the United States and the time zones in Europe. I don't know; maybe ITF can give you a better answer to why they chose to be played in the middle of the day. I doubt they will change the decision, but we're hoping that they will," Novak Djokovic said.