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Olympic Men’s Tennis 2021: Novak Djokovic Cruises in Win; Full Results from Monday

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Top seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia
cruised through the second round of the men’s Olympic tennis
tournament Monday with a straight-set victory over Germany’s Jan-Lennard
Struff at Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo.

Djokovic, who’s already won the year’s
first three Grand Slam events, is aiming to win the Golden Slam,
which would feature an Olympic gold medal in addition to
all four major titles in the same calendar year. He’s now just 11
wins away from accomplishing the rare feat.

Russian Olympic Committee’s Daniil Medvedev (No. 2 seed)
and Germany’s Alexander Zverev (No. 4) were the other high-profile winners
from Monday’s action.


Men’s Tennis Results

(1) Novak Djokovic (SRB) d. Jan-Lennard
Struff (GER); 6-4, 6-3

(2) Daniil Medvedev (ROC) d. Sumit
Nagal (IND); 6-2, 6-1

(4) Alexander Zverev (GER) d. Daniel
Elahi Galan (COL); 6-2, 6-2

(6) Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) d. Marin
Cilic (CRO); 5-7, 6-4, 6-4

Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) d. (13) Lorenzo
Sonego (ITA); 6-4, 3-6, 6-4

(15) Fabio Fognini (ITA) d. Egor
Gerasimov (BLR); 6-4, 7-6

(16) Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (ESP)
d. John Millman (AUS); 6-4, 6-7, 6-3

Dominik Koepfer (GER) d. Max Purcell (AUS);
6-3, 6-0


Day 3 Recap

What’s made Djokovic unbeatable on
tennis’ biggest stages this year is his ability to emerge victorious
in virtually any way imaginable. He’s won by smashing a ton of
winners or by playing elite defense or by simply taking advantage of
opponents’ mistakes when he’s not in peak form.

On Monday, he rode his serve to the
third round with an eye-popping 14 aces in just two sets. He also
converted all three of his break-point opportunities in the triumph
over Struff.

“I’m obviously very pumped and
inspired to make history,” Djokovic told reporters. “I have
that guiding star that is there and I see it, and it gives me light
and it gives me energy, but at the same time I better stick to the
stuff that I know works well on a daily basis for me.”

ITF @ITFTennis

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Medvedev wasn’t at his best Monday,
tallying just five winners and 12 unforced errors, but Nagal couldn’t
capitalize on the opportunity to pull off a massive upset. The
23-year-old Indian finished with 31 unforced errors and five double-faults.

While the second-seeded Russian wasn’t
at his best, he did play well on key points en route to five breaks
of serve and a perfect 11-for-11 mark on his own second serve to
prevent his unheralded counterpart from having any real chance to
turn the tide of the match.

Zverev also moved through without much
drama by dispatching Galan while dropping just four games. Like
Djokovic, it was the serve that was the name of the game for the
German in the second round as he tallied 12 aces and didn’t face any
break points.

The 2020 U.S. Open finalist is in a favorable section of the Olympic draw and has a terrific
chance to at least reach the semifinals, where he’d be staring down a
likely matchup with Djokovic.

Thanos Stathopoulos @stathopoulosth

“I’ve learned my lessons. I try and move on better this time. He’s [#Tiafoe] an opponent around my age group and we’re kind of building a rivalry. I’m going to have to raise my level this time.” #Tsitsipas #Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/gUVpqkStDN

Tuesday’s tennis schedule in Tokyo will
include the conclusion of the men’s second round. Notable matchups on
tap include Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. the United States’
Frances Tiafoe and the host nation’s Kei Nishikori vs. American
Marcos Giron.

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