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Tokyo 2020: Novak Djokovic to start quest for ‘Golden Slam’ against Bolivia’s Hugo Dellien at Olympics

    Top-ranked men’s singles player Novak Djokovic could become the first man to complete a ‘Golden Slam.’ Steffi Graf did it in 1988. If Djokovic manages to win a gold at the Tokyo Olympics, and follow it with a US Open title triumph in New York, later this year.

    Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, practices at the Ariake Tennis Center ahead of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan (Courtesy: AP)

    HIGHLIGHTS

    • Novak Djokovic to face Bolivia’s Hugo Dellien in opening round of Olympics
    • Djokovic can win 4 grand slam titles and Olympic medal in the same year
    • Djokovic has won Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon this year

    Tennis world number one player Novak Djokovic will begin his quest to become the first male player to complete the Golden Slam when he takes on Bolivia’s 139th-ranked Hugo Dellien at the Tokyo Olympics in the opening round.

    Novak Djokovic, who won the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon, will be seeking to become the third man to win all four Grand Slam singles titles in the same year. Don Budge in 1938 and Rod Laver in 1969 are the others.

    Djokovic is also playing at the Tokyo Olympics and could become the first man to complete a ‘Golden Slam. Steffi Graf did it in 1988.

    Djokovic, 34, completed the third leg towards achieving the Golden Slam when he added the Wimbledon title to his Australian Open and Roland Garros triumphs in 2021 to tie rivals Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal on the men’s record 20 titles.

    Players from 46 countries will compete for Olympic glory as the competition starts on Saturday at the Ariake Tennis Park.

    Britain’s Andy Murray, who is bidding for an unprecedented third consecutive Olympic men’s singles title, will feature in a blockbuster opening round clash against Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, who is ranked 15th.

    Men’s second seed Daniil Medvedev will be competing in Tokyo as a representative of the Russian Olympic Committee after the country was stripped of its flag and anthem for doping offences.

    The world number two will face Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik, ranked 37th in the world, in the first round.

    Medvedev’s compatriot, Andrey Rublev, drew Kei Nishikori, who will be Japan’s main medal hope in men’s singles.

    Home favourite Naomi Osaka meets Zheng Saisai of China in the opening round of the women’s matches.

    Osaka, a four-time Grand Slam winner, will be a heavy favourite to triumph on the hardcourts in Tokyo with all her majors coming on the same surface.

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