Fresh from winning the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon, Belgrade champion Novak Djokovic went to the Tokyo Olympics with the clear intention of winning his first gold medal, after the bronze medal he won at the Beijing Games in 2008. Following the easy successes obtained on Hugo Dellien, Jan-Lennard Struff, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and Kei Nishikori, however, Nole’s path got stuck on Alexander Zverev, who got the better of him in comeback with the score of 1- 6 6-3 6-1. Subsequently, Djokovic also unexpectedly lost the match for the bronze medal, beaten by Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3 in the third set. Novak, who has failed his Golden Slam run in this way, will at least try to achieve the Grand Slam with victory at Flushing Meadows next month. To date, Djokovic is the only player already officially qualified for the ATP Finals in Turin, on stage from 14 to 21 November next in the Piedmontese capital. The Serbian is missing only one triumph to match his opponent Roger Federer in this competition, with the Swiss champion having won it six times. Recently, Djokovic’s choice not to take the field with Nina Stojanovic in the match for the third or fourth place in the mixed doubles draw at the Olympics, which could have given the young Serbian tennis player a medal, has been discussed recently.
Roddick praises Novak Djokovic
On the occasion of International Left-Handers Day (13 August), Andy Roddick spoke in glowing terms about tennis’ most famous lefty – Rafael Nadal. Roddick made special mention of Nadal’s crosscourt forehand, highlighting how it has been one of the Spaniard’s biggest weapons over the years. Roddick did point out, however, that Novak Djokovic has mastered the art of dealing with Rafael Nadal’s crosscourt forehand. “I think that’s why Novak has really changed the game because he can redirect that ball as accurately down-the-line as he does crosscourt,” Roddick went on. The COVID-19 pandemic created a massive impact on the sporting world. Since fans couldn’t attend matches in stadiums, tournaments saw a drop in ticketing revenues, one of the prime sources of income. The 2020 Cincinnati Open saw a huge drop in prize money from US$6 million in 2019 to US$4.2 million. They issued a statement conveying the same earlier today. The statement read, “We are pleased to inform you that the initial base level prize money at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati has been raised from 50% to 80%, resulting in an increase of $1,816,885 and a new prize money total of $4,845,025.”