The first tennis player in the world, Novak Djokovic, said today that he is glad to be part of the national team at the Olympic Games, as well as that his performance for Serbia raises his self-confidence and energy.
“It is the most special sporting event in the history of sports. Representing my country, being part of a national team is something I appreciate. It personally encourages me and gives me a lot of self-confidence and energy on a personal level,” Djokovic said.
He won three Grand Slam titles this year, at the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon, and thus equaled the Swiss tennis player Roger Federer and the Spanish player Rafael Nadal, in the first place with 20 Grand Slam titles each.
“I don’t want to be part of the debate. I don’t want to be compared to anyone. There is still a very long way to go to achieve history. I know there are a lot of things ahead of me. I know I’m close to that,” he added.
“I am privileged and motivated to be in this position. I worked hard to be here … But let’s talk about history if everything goes well here. At the moment, all the focus is on the next match,” Djokovic pointed out.
By the end of this year, Djokovic has a chance to win the “Golden Slam”, which, in addition to the Grand Slam tournament, also includes a gold medal at the Olympic Games.
In addition to the Games in Tokyo, another Grand Slam tournament is being played this season, the American Open.
The only tennis player who managed to win the “Golden Slam” is the German Steffi Graf, in 1988.
“I’m not in contact with Steffi, but if you can connect me, I’d be happy to ask her how she did it. When I was just thinking about the ‘Golden Slam’ I didn’t think it would be achievable. But at the moment it seems more and more realistic. Of course. that it is one of the goals and dreams “, added Djokovic.
Federer and Nadal will not participate in the Olympic Games in Tokyo, and for various reasons, there will not be several players from the top ten, such as Dominic Tim, Mateo Beretni and Denis Shapovalov.
“I haven’t had too many big tournaments in the last 15 years without Roger and Rafa playing. So it’s a little weird to be honest, because I’m used to seeing at least one of them. But still here are some of the best players like Danilo Medvedev, “Stefanos Cicipas, Alexander Zverev, Andrei Rublev. These are the guys who are in the first six or seven players and are the biggest candidates for medals,” said Djokovic.
Djokovic will play against the 139th tennis player in the world, Hugo Delian from Bolivia, in the first round of the Olympic Games.
The tennis tournament at the Games in Tokyo starts on July 24.