‘It was brutal!’ Novak Djokovic wins opener at Tokyo Olympics
Novak Djokovic booked his place in the second round at the Olympic Games after a comfortable straight sets victory over Bolivian Hugo Dellien.
The world number one defeated the world No. 139 6-2 6-2 in an hour and three minutes to book a second round meeting with German star Jan-Lennard Struff.
Despite a comprehensive victory against the Bolivian, the Wimbledon champion described the match as ‘challenging’ due to the ‘brutal’ humidity in Tokyo.
“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.”
“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.”
The Serbian is chasing an unprecedented ‘Golden Slam’, should he claim an Olympics gold medal in Tokyo and win the upcoming US Open.
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