Novak Djokovic had a commanding first round lead in his hunt for Olympic gold. Hugo Dellien is the winner.
Novak Djokovic beat Hugo Dellien in straight sets to start his Olympic campaign.
Novak Djokovic started his quest for Olympic gold in Tokyo with a straight sets victory over Hugo Dellien. In the searing early evening heat of Tokyo, the world No. 1 dispatched his Bolivian opponent in just 61 minutes.
The Serb defeated the world No. 139 6-2, 6-2.
He missed three break points to take a 2-1 lead, but he converted his fifth break point opportunity in Dellien’s following service game to go up 4-2.
Djokovic subsequently broke Dellien’s serve for the second time, 5-2, to take the first set.
Despite the Bolivian’s best efforts, there was a clear chasm between them in the second set, as the world No 1 raced to a 4-1 lead.
With a crisp forehand winner at 5-2, Djokovic converted his second match point.
The world No. 1 cruised to victory, but he was less than pleased with the hot and humid circumstances.
“I’m still waiting to meet the player who enjoys this kind of weather,” he stated after the game.
“It’s really difficult to play in tremendous heat and humidity, which can reach 90% or more.
“Obviously, it’s the same for everyone, and it’s something we expected coming into Tokyo; we knew the conditions would be terrible, but until you come here and feel it, you have no idea how difficult it is.
“There wasn’t much of a breeze today.
I had the impression that there was trapped hot air beneath the surface that was being absorbed.
“It was difficult, and it was probably even more difficult in the early matches.
“At least half of the match was in the shadow, which allowed me to see the ball better and avoid feeling dizzy on the court.”
Djokovic is aiming to become the first man to win the ‘Golden Slam,’ which would see him win Olympic gold as well as all four Grand Slams in the same year.
This year, the 20-time Grand Slam champion has already won the Australian Open, Roland Garros, and Wimbledon, with victories in Tokyo and the US Open needed later in the summer to complete the remarkable feat.
Dellien inquires about Djokovic’s sleeve.
“This is a memory I will cherish for the rest of my life.” pic.twitter.com/O8MLF7ghso
The world number one, on the other hand, has never won a. “Brinkwire Summary News.”