‘When I turn around there’s Novak Djokovic’, says Bosnian runner

Novak Djokovic began his adventure towards the gold of the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games, and he did it in the best possible way, defeating Bolivian Hugo Dellien in just one hour of match with a double 6-2. The Serbian showed a very solid version from the beginning, and Dellien could do little to stop the world number one, who had a tremendous desire to do something great at these Games. The game started as expected, without going any further. Djokovic was playing out his service games very easily, while for Dellien it was the opposite. The Bolivian endured his first two service turns, reaching 0-40 in the second, but in the third he did succumb and gave the break to Nole. That break would totally put the game on track. Nole confirmed the break in white, to then break again and take the first set (6-2). More of the same in the second set, where Djokovic was still very serious, without conceding anything and submitting Dellien in each turn of the Bolivian’s serve. On this occasion, it would be in Hugo’s second turn of serve when Nole managed to break. Djokovic served very well throughout the game, and one example of this is that he only lost four service points in the entire match. With 5-2 and serve for Dellien, Djokovic wanted to close, and would achieve the fourth break of the game to put another 6-2 on the scoreboard and certify his pass to the second round.

Djokovic launched his bid for his first Olympic gold medal in style

So it is no surprise that Novak Djokovic has been the center of attraction at the Olympic Village, with scores of athletes, including Venezuela’s Antonio Diaz (Karate), Belgium’s Nina Derwael (Gymnastics), and India’s Ankita Raina (Tennis) approaching him for pictures. Bosnian middle-distance runner Amel Tuka also had the good fortune of running into Novak Djokovic at the Olympic Village and the 30-year-old highlighted just how much the Serb is respected by his fellow athletes. “I’m going to the Olympic Village and I’m carrying food to my colleagues from the national team when I hear someone say: So where were you?! I get who it will be, and when I turn around there’s Novak Djokovic,” Tuka wrote on Facebook. “With every gesture and sentence, he showed his modesty and humanity. Nole is a man, athlete, humanitarian. He is our friend, a good and honest man. We will see each other again in Visoko, Sarajevo or Zenica,” Tuka wrote.