Go Soeda looking forward to possibly facing Novak Djokovic in Tokyo


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Go Soeda looking forward to possibly facing Novak Djokovic in Tokyo

Go Soeda was happy with his opening round win at the Japan Open in Tokyo over Jan-Lennard Struff. The local hero said: "I cannot believe at it. I had never won a main draw match here before. I had the goal of winning at least one in my career.

I got a wild card this year." On possibly facing Novak Djokovic in the second round - the Serb faces Alexei Popyrin - Soeda added: "On the new Ariake I still have one win and zero losses, so I have nothing to lose.

I do not know my next opponent yet, maybe Djokovic. I will try to deliver my best tennis." On his next opponent Lucas Pouille, the fifth seed, Yoshihito Nishioka said: "I faced him a few years ago but it was a lot of time ago and I think he changed.

I hope to win and be supported by my crowd." Joao Sousa said: "The new Ariake is very slow, specially when humid. Balls get too big quickly. Totally different conditions from Chengdu. I still had my chances. I was leading 5-4 on serve and I could not use that lead.

My opponent played a good match." Djokovic said: "I played a week of training and practice sets and matches here in Japan since I arrived. All is well. I’m pleased with how I feel and obviously very excited and motivated to be playing in this tournament for the first time in my career."