Novak Djokovic: ‘I am not overjoyed about playing with no…’

In 2014, Novak Djokovic beat Marin Cilic, Grigor Dimitrov and Roger Federer in just under four hours to lift the second Wimbledon title. A year later, Djokovic and Federer were once again the main protagonists at the All England Club. Novak went all the way on July 12, defeating Roger 7-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 in two hours and 56 minutes to become the eighth player in the Open Era with consecutive Wimbledon crowns. Novak was the player to beat in 2015, conquering the Australian Open, Indian Wells, Miami, Monte Carlo and Rome and closing in on tennis glory at Roland Garros before losing to Stan Wawrinka in the title match. Leaving that major loss behind, Novak returned to winning ways at Wimbledon, scoring five dominant wins and dominating Kevin Anderson by two sets to stay in contention and set up another clash with Federer, number 40 on the Tour. Novak took over Roger at Indian Wells and Rome and was eager to beat a great rival again and join Rod Laver, John Newcombe, Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Pete Sampras and Federer himself on the exclusive roster. Roger did his best to keep in touch with the world number 1 in the first two sets, wasting two set points in the first and defending seven in set number two to stay on the same level. Still, Novak had enough energy to storm the Swiss in sets three and four and lift Major’s ninth crown, leaving Andre Agassi, Ivan Lendl and Jimmy Connors in eight. The Serbian gained ten more points, playing better on the second serve and taking the lead in crucial moments to defend against six of the seven break opportunities and deliver four breaks that took him to the top. The Swiss had more winners and many more unforced errors, unable to master his shots against the most reliable opponent possible who had the advantage in the shortest and longest rallies to take home the win in less than three hours.

Djokovic was initially unsure about participating in the Olympics

Speaking to reporters┬ájust before the start of the Olympics, Novak Djokovic admitted that his schedule has been rough of late. But in the same breath, the World No. 1 claimed that his winning record this year has given him the confidence to aim for the ultimate prize in Tokyo. “Representing your country at the Olympics is a feeling like no other,” Djokovic said. “I am not overjoyed about playing with no fans present or about the various coronavirus restrictions effective in Japan, but representing your country in the Olympics is indispensable.”