Novak Djokovic is on fire on the Tokyo 2020 fast track. The 34-year-old Serbian tennis player, current world number one, does not want to leave any doubt on his way to the gold medal at the Olympic Games, precisely the only great achievement that it is missing in his impressive career.
For now in his quarter-final commitment, he easily got rid of the home representative Kei Nishikori, who surrendered to the excellent performance of the ATP leader. "Nole" prevailed with a resounding 6-2 and 6-0, setting course for the semifinals of the Olympic Games, territory that he already visited twice in the past but that unfortunately for his cause could not advance further .
Two breaks in the first set and three more in the third were enough to end the hope of the only remaining local representative in Olympic tennis. Nishikori made a host of unforced errors that further complicated his performance in the tournament.
The match lasted 70 minutes at the Ariake Tennis Park in Tokyo and was played with about 28 degrees of temperature, after its initially scheduled time was delayed the day before by decision of the organizers to avoid excessive heat.
Now in the semifinals the great favorite to climb to the top of the podium will face the winner of the duel between the German Alexander Zverev and the French Jeremy Chardy. The road to the Golden Slam is less and less traveled by a world number one who today looks invincible.
Melo takes a shot at Novak Djokovic
Serbian duo Novak Djokovic and Nina Stojanovic made a winning start to their mixed doubles campaign at the 2021 Olympics on Wednesday. Djokovic and Stojanovic beat Brazilian pair Marcelo Melo and Luisa Stefani 6-3, 6-4 to move into the quarterfinals.
Melo, on his part, was not only disappointed with the result but also with Novak Djokovic's behavior during the match. "(Novak Djokovic's gestures) left a negative impression on me, to be quite honest," Marcelo Melo said.
"Two days ago he made a video talking about Brazil, about the energy of Brazil and today he plays that way. There was a smash he landed on my back that wasn't necessary. Anyway, it's a tennis match, everyone tries to play the way they want, I would never do that.
There are certain things I can't understand for what and why," Melo said. "We didn't do anything. Once, he almost hit Luisa." Marcelo Melo took to social media site Instagram after his defeat to post a video of him getting hit by a smash from Novak Djokovic.