Djokovic: “A tournament without Nadal or Federer will be strange”


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Djokovic: "A tournament without Nadal or Federer will be strange"

Novak Djokovic was confident in his medal chances at the Tokyo Olympics stating that his preparation this year “cannot be better”, after having won three Grand Slams in 2021 and He acknowledged feeling strange for not coinciding with either Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer.

The number one in the world expressed that he is “used to seeing at least one of them” in the championships in which he has participated in recent years, but that will point him to the games “day by day” and focusing on his next opponent.

“I cannot have a better preparation than I have this year,” he told a press conference in Tokyo with representatives of the Serbian Olympic team, held on the eve of the opening ceremony.

Djokovic noted that it is “long ago” that he won his only Olympic medal, the 2008 Beijing bronze, and He trusted that his performance this year, in which he conquered the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon (joining the select group of male tennis players who have won 20 Grand Slam in their career, composed of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal) help “put on another great performance.”

“The Olympic experience is a unique experience,” said the tennis player. “It is different from the individual matches”, but that he will consider these Games “as a normal tournament”, aware that “many people expect the best of me and have high expectations that I will have the best possible results.”

Djokovic was very critical when the organizers announced that there would be no spectators in the vast majority of stadiums and his participation in Tokyo 2020 was dubious until the last moment.


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