Olympics-Tennis-Djokovic to start quest for Tokyo gold against 139th-ranked Dellien

By Sudipto Ganguly

TOKYO (Reuters) – Tennis world top Novak Djokovic will start the next leg of his mission to end up being the very first male gamer to finish the Golden Slam when he handles Bolivia’s 139th-ranked Hugo Dellien at the Tokyo Olympics in the opening round.

The Serbian will require to win in Tokyo and after that the U.S. Open later on this year to accomplish the task that has up until now just been achieved by Germany’s Steffi Graf in 1988.

Djokovic, 34, finished the 3rd leg towards accomplishing the Golden Slam when he included the Wimbledon title to his Australian Open and Roland Garros accomplishments in 2021 to connect competitors Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal on the males’s record 20 titles.

Gamers from 46 nations will contend for Olympic splendor as the competitors begins on Saturday at the Ariake Tennis Park.

House preferred Naomi Osaka fulfills Zheng Saisai of China in the opening round of the females’s matches.

World second Osaka has actually not played considering that she gave up the French Open in Might https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/osaka-thanks-fans-all-love-after-french-open-withdrawal-2021-06-06 following her first-round match in Paris.

She went out of the claycourt Grand Slam after being fined and threatened with disqualification for declining to participate in necessary post-match interview over psychological health concerns and likewise avoided Wimbledon later on.

Osaka, a four-time Grand Slam winner, will be a heavy preferred to victory on the hardcourts in Tokyo with all her majors beginning the exact same surface area.

In the females’s songs draw at the Olympics, the 23-year-old Japanese will need to compete with world top Ash Barty, who makes her Games launching versus Spain’s 48th-ranked Sara Sorribes Tormo.

Britain’s Andy Murray, who is bidding for an extraordinary 3rd successive Olympic males’s songs title, will include in a smash hit opening round clash versus Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, who is ranked 15th.

Guy’s 2nd seed Daniil Medvedev will be contending in Tokyo as an agent of the Russian Olympic Committee after the nation was removed of its flag and anthem for doping offenses https://www.reuters.com/article/us-olympics-2020-tennis-russia-idCAKCN2DK1H6.

The world second will deal with Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik, ranked 37th worldwide, in the preliminary.

Medvedev’s compatriot, Andrey Rublev, drew Kei Nishikori, who will be Japan’s primary medal hope in males’s songs.

(Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly; Modifying by Himani Sarkar)

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.