By Richard Pagliaro | Thursday July 22, 2021
Daring to dream put Novak Djokovic close by of the uncommon Golden Grand Slam.
Disciplined need might help him obtain the the golden dream.
World No. 1 Djokovic met with the media in Tokyo immediately forward of his Olympic opening-rounder vs. Hugo Dellien.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion is bidding to turn into the primary man in historical past to seize the Golden Grand Slam—successful all 4 main crowns and the Olympic gold medal in the identical season—and be part of Steffi Graf because the second participant in historical past to realize the feat.
Djokovic says he is aware of historical past is close by, however should give attention to every match to appreciate it.
“I put myself in an excellent place, however I’ll take issues very slowly and cautiously and focus solely on the following problem,” Djokovic stated at his pre-tournament presser. “That is an strategy I actually need to have becasue previously I wasn’t most likely absolutely experiencing that strategy and that has backfired on me.
“I began to really feel there have been loads of distractions round that had been influencing my efficiency. I do know there may be loads of issues on the road, I do know there may be historical past on the road, I am privileged and motivated to be on this place. I’ve labored very arduous to be there, with my staff in fact, however let’s discuss historical past if all the things goes nice right here.”
5 years in the past the Olympics posed heartbreak historical past as an emotional Djokovic suffered a painful opening-round loss to Juan Martin del Potro on the 2016 Rio Video games. Del Potro went on to the ultimate falling to Andy Murray within the gold-medal match because the Scot made historical past as the primary singles participant to gather back-to-back gold medals.
Former world No. 1 Murray and Djokovic shared a hearty handshake on court docket after observe in Tokyo. Sporting a sleeveless shirt, the Wimbledon winner appears to be like ripped and says he is pumped to proceed his quest.
“I really feel nice bodily, mentally, I am able to carry out at my greatest,” Djokovic stated. “I’ve had arguably the very best Grand Slam season in my sport up to now, successful three out of the 4 Grand Slams so I couldn’t have higher preparation and higher lead-up to the Olympic Video games.”
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