Novak Djokovic proved once again that age is just a number. The Serbian champion has put on the bulletin board all three Slams that have been staged so far, offering various testimonies of his extraordinary physical and mental strength. When further restrictions on the Tokyo Olympics were announced, the 34-year-old from Belgrade admitted his presence in Japan was in doubt. The numerous forfeits on the eve and the prospect of creating an epic ‘Calendar Golden Slam’ convinced him to participate. Nole, who boasts only a bronze in Beijing in 2008, will be the big favorite for gold, although it will be necessary to see how his physique will react to the many matches played in recent months. The number 1 ATP has won eight of the last 12 Majors played, having closed the gap that separated him from Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in a very short period of time. In a recent interview with ‘AS’, Pablo Carreno Busta – fresh off his title in Hamburg last week – admitted that Djokovic will be the man to beat in Tokyo.
Carreno Busta opens up on Novak Djokovic
“Novak Djokovic is above everyone. He seems unbeatable,” Pablo Carreno Busta was quoted as telling EFE by AS. “He is at a very high level, and if there is a favorite in Tokyo it is him.” With so many records within Novak Djokovic’s reach this year, Pablo Carreno Busta suggested there would be an enormous amount of pressure on the Serb’s shoulders in Tokyo. “But he (Novak Djokovic) is also the opponent to beat, the one with all the pressure behind him,” Carreno Busta said. “I (cannot) fixate on him or what he’s going to do. I have to focus on myself.” In a newly emerged video, fans saw Djokovic back in training, ahead of his trip to Japan for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. It was surprising to see the 34-year-old, who just recently completed his title-winning campaign, already hitting the training ground. Novak began his season in Melbourne at the 2021 Australian Open. In a battle of the best, the World No. 1 faced World No. 2, Daniil Medvedev. Regardless, Novak put his experience to use and dominated his way through the match, winning the final in straight sets, with a scoreline 7-5, 6-2, 6-2. His 2021 Wimbledon Championship triumph was no different. Italian Matteo Berrettini, won the first set of the match, putting instant pressure on the defending champion. However, Novak once again lived up to his No. 1 rank as he beat the World No. 8, 7-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3. This was Novak’s 20th Grand Slam title.