Serbian tennis superstar Novak Djokovic and compatriot Nina Stojanovic are off to a winning start to their mixed doubles campaign at the Tokyo Olympics. Djokovic and Stojanovic achieved a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Brazilians Marcelo Melo and Luisa Stefani to advance to the mixed doubles quarterfinal.
Djokovic and Stojanovic claimed the first break of the match in the sixth game and then served for the first set in the ninth game. Melo and Stefani saved a break point in the third game, but lost their serve in the seventh.
Djokovic and Stojanovic held their serve the rest of the way to book a straight sets win. Djokovic and Stojanovic, who are playing together for the first time, will face Germany's Kevin Krawietz and Laure Siegemund for a place in the semi-final.
On Wednesday, Djokovic defeated Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6-3 6-1 to reach the quarterfinals in Tokyo. The pressure is on Djokovic to win the gold medal, but he accepts the challenge. "Pressure is a privilege. Without pressure there is no professional sport," Djokovic said after his victory over Davidovich Fokina, according to Firstpost.
"If you want to be on top of the game, you better start learning how to deal with pressure and how to deal with those moments." Carlos Alcaraz won his first ATP title in his maiden ATP final appearance. In a fun post-match interview, he was asked about the three celebrity guests he would go to dinner with.
The Spaniard spoke highly of his three choices, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
Carlos Alcaraz on the Big 3
“I don’t know. Let’s say Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic,” said Carlos Alcaraz on his dinner question.
“I grew up watching them winning tournaments, winning Grand Slams and I think they’re three of the best in history. For me, it’s amazing to play against them on the same circuit. I’m a lucky guy to learn from them,” a young Carlos described his inspiration drawn from and admiration for The Big 3.
The youngster won the Croatia Open on Sunday and went straight to Austria from Umag. He had his Austrian Open’s first-round match in Kitzbuhel. However, the youngster could not repeat his heroics in Austria and crashed out in the first round itself against Alexander Erler.
On the other hand, Carlos has moved up to a new career-high ranking of 55 on the ATP rankings. He has moved up 18 places from his previous ranking of 73rd place. The man dreams about becoming the World No.1, as he has previously mentioned in his interviews.