Tennis fans, brace yourself! Because the main draw for the men’s singles tennis event at Tokyo Olympics 2020 is finally out now. With that, the time to catch Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, and others battle for the maiden gold medal is also near. Not to forget that Andy Murray will also defend this Olympics champion title, which he has successfully defended since 2012, this year. So, are you ready?
For starters, the main event will start on July 24th, Saturday, at Ariake Tennis Park, Japan. Moreover, the top two seeds for the Games would be the Serbian World No.1 Djokovic and Russian World No.2 Medvedev. Now, let’s find out who will play who in the Olympics.
Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev’s path at Tokyo Olympics 2020
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning his final match against Italy’s Matteo Berrettini Pool via REUTERS/David Gray
Moreover, all the tennis matches at the Games are best-of-three sets this year which could trouble Djokovic. Even then, the Serbian ace will demand some performance to take him down in Tokyo.
As per the main draw bracket, Djokovic will begin his campaign against Bolivian Hugo Dellien. From then on, he has Italian Lorenzon Musetti, Frenchman Gael Monfils, Japanese Kei Nishikori, and German Alexander Zverev in his half.
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As for the second seed Medvedev, the opportunity is right to elevate his career. Given the dominance on hard courts, the Russian star probably has the best chance to steal the gold medal.
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 6, 2021 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in action during his fourth round match against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Furthermore, he must indeed be aching to win a big title since his loss to Djokovic in the Australian Open 2021 final. Consequently, the revenge could be due at the Olympics.
In the first round, the Russian professional will face a tough challenge, taking on Kazakhstani Alexander Bublik. Afterwards, he could meet Stefanos Tsitsipas early on in the Olympics. Other players crowding in his half are Diego Schwartzman, Karen Khachanov, Ugo Umbert, Frances Tiafoe, Pablo Carreno Busta, Marin Cilic, Felix Auger-Aliassime, and Andy Murray.
Interesting tennis matches to watch at the Olympics
Notably, the next-generation clan such as Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, Andrey Rublev, and Diego Schwartzman would be eager to do well for their country in Olympics. Also, winning the ultimate prize at the world’s biggest sporting event might be what they need to inspire themselves.
Additionally, it would be interesting to see Great Britain’s Andy Murray defend the title in Tokyo. Unlike Djokovic, the best-of-three sets might favor the two-time Olympic gold medallist.
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL : Andy Murray of Great Britain poses with his Gold medal after defeating Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina in the Men’s singles final at Olympic Tennis Centre on in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
However, Murray faces a tough path to pull off a third consecutive gold in Olympics as he will meet Canadian rising star Felix Auger-Aliassime in the opening round. Indeed, they would make a spectacular first round battle.
Here are some other potential and interesting matches to look out for in the Olympics.
Men’s Singles popcorn R1 matches
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Who do you think will take the gold medal at the Olympics this year?