Hugo Dellien had the opportunity to represent his country at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The Bolivian was able to crown one of his biggest dreams in Japan and faced his idol Novak Djokovic in the first round. The Serbian, after beating Dellien, then stopped in the semifinals and failed to win the bronze medal in the final for third and fourth place against Pablo Carreno Busta.
In an exclusive interview with Punto de Break, Dellien tried to tell the emotions he felt during the match against Djokovic. We recall that the player born in 1993 at the end of the match requested and obtained the jersey of the 20-time Grand Slam champion.
"It was the last big goal. I had the opportunity to play against Novak Djokovic in his best time and it was unforgettable. Everything I tried in that moment I expressed it on my social profiles and, even if I could not compete at the level I wanted, it was an unforgettable match.
A match that will remain forever in my memory. I can only thank tennis for that." Dellien won the Lima Challenger a few weeks ago by giving only one set to his opponents. "2021? The truth is that I have achieved very bad results.
Except a few tournaments. In this last group I could include the Masters 1000 in Rome and the semi-finals at the Challenger in San Marino, but in general I didn't feel good on the pitch. However, I have always tried to look ahead and fortunately I have found a way to return to being competitive, which is paying off, as the victory in Lima testifies.
Am I a point of reference in Bolivia? I am sure that I am a reference point, because I have achieved things that many children who play tennis in Bolivia want to achieve. They always make me feel their support, but you have to put it aside because it involves more pressure than tennis already generates."
Tracy Austin on Novak Djokovic
Tracy Austin recently opined that Novak Djokovic would give more importance to his vaccination status than the Grand Slam race at next year's Australian Open. "He's (Novak Djokovic) going for 21, the tiebreaking 21, but I guess not getting the vaccination could be more important," Tracy Austin said in a recent conversation with Tennis Channel.
The World No. 1 has been tight-lipped about his vaccination status throughout the pandemic, leading many - including the two-time US Open champion Tracy Austin - to believe he is yet to get the jab. "For me? I don't know (if we will see Novak Djokovic at the 2022 Australian Open)," Tracy Austin added.
"I mean you've got to get the jab to go over there apparently and he says he doesn't want to tell us whether he's gotten the jab. And it seems like to me, if you're not telling us then he probably hasn't."