Novak Djokovic and Filip Krajinovic to face No. 2 seeds in Tokyo opener


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Novak Djokovic and Filip Krajinovic to face No. 2 seeds in Tokyo opener

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic will also participate in the doubles event at the Japan Open in Tokyo as he is set to team up with fellow compatriot Filip Krajinovic. Djokovic, 32, and 27-year-old Krajinovic are set to play together for the fourth time in their respective careers.

The Serbian duo haven't been lucky with their draw as they will be meeting second-seeded Mate Pavic and Bruno Soares in their Tokyo doubles opener. Djokovic, a 16-time Grand Slam champion, is set to play his first tournament since retiring his US Open round-of-16 clash due to an injury.

After years of playing at the China Open in Beijing in this week of the ATP calendar, Djokovic has decided to make a change and make his debut in Tokyo. The 32-year-old admitted that the fact that the 2020 Olympics will be held in Tokyo affected his decision to come to the Japan Open as his goal is to prepare as well as he can for the upcoming Olympics.

Djokovic and Krajinovic's best run together came at the Qatar Open in 2015, when they made the semifinal in Doha before losing to Juan Monaco and Rafael Nadal.