Sunday, September 26

Djokovic starts the race for Olympic gold

  • The world number 1 is the great favorite without Nadal and Federer but with all the ‘Nex Gen’ ready to cut the Serbian’s path in his challenge for the ‘Golden Slam’.

  • Muguruza is the great asset of the Spanish team in Tokyo where Japan’s Osaka will play again.

Without Rafael Nadal (number 3), Dominic Thiem (6), Matteo berretttini (8), Roger Federer (9) and Dennis Shapovalov (10) the way of Novak Djokovic for the gold in Tokyo is more open for the world number 1 who attends the event in search of the medal that would ensure the ‘Golden Slam’ if, next September, if he also conquered the United States Open, the The only great that he has left to win this season after beating Australia, Roland Garros and Wimbledon.

“I arrive full of confidence and energy. I have been able to win the Davis Cup and the ATP Cup for my country, and I want to complete the circle with an Olympic gold. I feel great. I am prepared to perform at my best. So far, winning three out of the four Grand Slams, so I couldn’t have had a better preparation for these Olympics. ” The Serbian tennis player has stood out this Friday before his new challenge.

To climb to the top of the Olympic podium, Djokovic must overcome six games on the courts of the Araki tennis park from Tokyo, where from this Saturday the tournament will be played in which, although there will be five ‘top ten’ and ten ‘top 20’ missing, the road will not be of roses either.

The way to the podium

The number 1 will debut against the Bolivian Hugo dellien (139), a much less dangerous rival than Juan Martin del Potro, who eliminated him in the first round in Rio 2016. Djokovic will have in the upper part of the German Alexander Zverev (theoretical rival in the semifinals) and the Russian Andrey rublev (in quarters), while the Russian has been framed in the lower zone Daniil Medvedev and greek Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Pablo Carreño (11), recent champion of Hamburg, will be the leader of a Spanish team they have resigned Rafael Nadal, Roberto Bautista Y Albert Ramos. The Mallorcan champion, gold medal in Beijing 2008 and in doubles with Marc Lopez in Rio 2016, he has ruled out his participation to prepare the American tour in which he will compete again in the Chicago tournament (August 2) and Baptist Y Bouquets They have chosen to continue on the circuit in search of points that the Olympic tournament does not give.

The American Tennys Sandgren (81) will be the first rival of Carreno in Tokyo, while Alexander Davidovich (35) will debut with the Portuguese Pedro Sousa (120), Pablo Andújar with the french Ugo Humbert (28) and Roberto Carballés (90) against the Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili (42).

The return from Osaka

The return of the Japanese Naomi osaka after his resignation to play since last Roland Garros to preserve his mental health will be the great media focus in a women’s tournament in which, with the exception of Serena Williams Y Simona halep, will be almost all the best players of the circuit, with the loss at the last minute by positive of Covid-19, of the American Coco gauff.

Garbiñe Muguruza (World 9) is the main Spanish asset in the race for the medals in Tokyo. The Spanish-Venezuelan tennis player will have a complicated debut against the Russian Veronika Kudermertova (33 worldwide) while Paula Badosa (29) will face the French in the first round Kristine Mladenovic (59), Sara sorribes (48) the world number 1 and recent Wimbledon champion, Ashleigh barty Y Carla Suarez (206), who will participate in her fourth Olympic Games, after having overcome cancer, against the Tunisian Ons Jabeur (2. 3).

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Program of the first day of the Olympic tennis tournament in Tokyo and results on the official website of the Games.

Spanish tennis medals

2 Gold medals

Rafael Nadal (Beijing 2008)

Rafael Nadal and Marc López (Rio de Janeiro 2016)

7 Silver medal

Jordi Arrese (Barcelona 1992)

Sergi Bruguera (Atlanta 1996)

Arantxa Sánchez (Atlanta 1996)

Emilio Sánchez and Sergio Casal (Seoul 1988)

Arantxa Sánchez and Conchita Martínez (Barcelona 1992)

Conchita Martínez and Virginia Ruano (Atenas 2004)

Anabel Medina and Virginia Ruano (Beijing 2008)

3 Bronze medals

Arantxa Sánchez (Barcelona 1992)

Arantxa Sánchez and Conchita Martínez (Atlanta 1996)

Alex Corretja and Albert Costa (Sydney 2000)

In the exhibition tournament at the 1968 Mexico Olympic Games, Manuel Santana won the gold medal, Manuel Orantes won the silver medal, and in doubles Joan Gisbert and Santana won the silver medal.

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