Novak Djokovic has earned a quadruple assist in his pursuit for the amazing Golden Slam at the Tokyo Olympics.
Novak Djokovic’s chances of winning gold at the Tokyo Olympics have improved.
On day two of the men’s singles, Novak Djokovic’s chances of winning gold at the Tokyo Olympics were improved. Following Andy Murray’s withdrawal, Andrey Rublev and Felix Auger Aliassime suffered stunning defeats.
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.
And outcomes from day two have enhanced his prospects of capturing his first gold medal at the Olympics.
5th seed Andrey Rublev was a prospective quarter-final opponent for the Serb, but he was defeated by Kei Nishikori, a home favorite.
In just over an hour, the Russian was defeated 6-3, 6-4 by the former US Open finalist.
Rublev has won eight titles in his short tennis career and is considered one of the next generation of young tennis players who will compete for Grand Slam titles in the near future.
During their rivalry, Andy Murray defeated Djokovic in the semi-finals of the London Olympics in 2012, as well as two Grand Slam finals.
The Brit, who has endured many injuries in recent years, is no more the force he once was, but if they met in Tokyo, he would have been a formidable opponent.
Murray, on the other hand, withdrew out of the men’s singles just hours before his first round match at the Ariake Tennis Park.
Murray said in a statement, “I am extremely disappointed to have to withdraw, but the medical staff has advised me against competing in both events.”
“I’ve made the difficult decision to stop playing singles and concentrate on doubles with Joe.”
Murray’s first-round opponent, Australian Max Purcell, was later upset in straight sets by Murray.
After Murray’s withdrawal, Auger Aliassime was widely favored to defeat Murray and have a deep run in the men’s singles.
The Canadian is coming off a quarter-final appearance at Wimbledon, which was his greatest Grand Slam performance to yet.
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