Djokovic Wins First Olympic Match in Tokyo Heat Says “It Was Brutal”

Novak Djokovic Wins First Tokyo Olympics

Novak Djokovic, a 20-time Grand Slam champion, breezed over Hugo Dellien of Bolivia in the opening round of the Tokyo Olympics men’s singles, winning 6-2, 6-2 in one hour and one minute.

Dellien, is presently rated No. 139 in the world.

Djokovic describes the whole environment as brutal. “It was the hottest day so far. Humidity is brutal. It’s certainly hot but also humid, the hard courts absorb the heat and it stays trapped in there. There was not much wind, not much breeze”, said Djokovic.

However, the champion is satisfied with his performance.

“It was challenging but I’m pleased to overcome the first hurdle,” said Djokovic. “I think I was solid on the court. I could always do better but for a first match I’m satisfied.”

Djokovic, who just won Wimbledon, now has a chance to become the first male player to win all four Grand Slams as well as the Olympics in the same calendar year. He won the Australian Open and the French Open before Wimbledon, so all he needs to do now is win the Olympics and the US Open later this summer.

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