The World no.1 Novak Djokovic has expressed optimism that he can go on to win the Gold medal at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics 2020. Djokovic is chasing the Golden slam as he has already won Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon 2021 in the current season.
The Serbian is playing at another level in the recent past and he is going to enter the Olympics as a red-hot favorite. Thus, it is going to be an herculean task for the other players to put brakes on Djokovic at the quadrennial event.
Furthermore, players like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Matteo Berrettini and Juan de Porto have already pulled out of the Olympics. Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic added his decision to participate in the Tokyo Olympic Games came down to his “patriotism and feelings for Serbia” and he will be looking to make his country proud.
Djokovic has played in the Olympics on three occasions. The Serbian won the Bronze medal in 2008, lost the Bronze medal match in 2012 in London and was knocked out in the first round in the previous edition in 2016 in Rio. However, the target for Djokovic is to go all the way in the upcoming games.
Djokovic revealed that the Olympics and US Open are his top agendas for the remainder of the season and he understands that it is going to be challenging.
“It came down to patriotism and my feelings for Serbia. I am not overjoyed about playing with no fans present or about the various coronavirus restrictions effective in Japan,” the 34-year-old told Montenegro’s MINA news agency.
“But representing your country in the Olympics is indispensable. I came across Blanka Vlasic a few days ago and she said that people will only remember who won the medals, not what the conditions were like or whether there were any fans or not.
“Her words stuck with me and I am delighted that I decided to take part in the Olympics. I am inspired to play my best tennis and confident that I can win the gold medal after a tremendous run so far this season.
“The Olympics and the US Open are obviously my biggest objectives for the remainder of the season, and it’s going to be demanding.
“But I am full of confidence and motivated to represent Serbia in the best possible way. I am yearning for a medal in Tokyo, hopefully gold, and then I’ll go to New York aiming to complete it all.”