World tennis star Novak Djokovic had no trouble confirming his favoritism in his Tokyo Olympics debut. The Serbian beat Bolivian Hugo Dellien by 2 sets to 0, with a double 6/2, this Saturday, in just 1h01min of departure in the Japanese capital.
Without having his serve threatened by any time in the clash, the world number 1 took advantage of two of the three chances he had to break the opponent’s service to quickly forward his triumph. Playing against the 139th place in the ATP, the main favorite for gold in the men’s singles tournament also scored seven aces and won 100% of the points he played with his second serve.
With his calm triumph in the first round, Djokovic was accredited to face the German Jan-Lennard Struff, 48th tennis player in the world ranking, who a few hours earlier was responsible for the elimination of the Brazilian Thiago Monteiro with a victory by 2 sets to 0, with partials of 6/3 and 6/4.
Djokovic is seeking his second Olympic medal in Tokyo after winning a bronze at the Beijing Games in 2008. Four years later, he was defeated by Argentine Juan Martín del Potro in third place in the men’s singles bracket at the Olympics from London. And the same Del Potro was the executioner of Djokovic in the Rio-2016 Games when he dispatched the Serb in his debut match in the competition in the capital of Rio de Janeiro.
Djokovic is trying to confirm, in Tokyo, favoritism that became even more accentuated after Spaniard Rafael Nadal and Swiss Roger Federer withdrew from competing in the Olympic Games for physical reasons. This season, the Serbian accumulates four titles, three of which were collected in Grand Slam tournaments, with the achievements of the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon.
In the traditional British event held on grass courts in London, he equaled, by the way, the record of 20 trophies in the series of four major competitions in professional tennis, also sported by Nadal and Federer on the ATP circuit.