Came the day. After five years of waiting, the draw for the main draw of the Tokyo Olympics 2021. Since that last match between Andy Murray and Juan Martín Del Potro in a packed stadium in Rio de Janeiro waiting to know what the event will be like with a pandemic in between and without the presence of the public in the stands. Beyond that, it will have several incentives to stay on the screen at dawn and in the Spanish morning to vibrate with the best tennis in the world. In fact, the confirmation of Novak Djokovic As the top seed and title contender after the losses of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem will help with the arrival of spectators.
Now, the destination raised a balanced table and with several players with the intention of giving the blow in the Japanese capital. So much so that they will seek to do their homework as well as possible and, furthermore, hope that Nole’s pressure to win the only great title he needs in his career will play a trick on him as it happened in the previous edition of the contest.
Potential rivals of Novak Djokovic: Hugo Dellien, Jan-Lennard Struff, Lorenzo Musetti / Alejandro Davidovich, Andrey Rublev, Alexander Zverev, Daniil Medvedev
Potential rivals of Alexander Zverev: Yen-Hsun Lu, Daniel Galán, Lorenzo Sonego, Hubert Hurkacz, Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev
Djokovic can walk around the Olympic Village again with a hint of tranquility. After the ‘deadly’ draw of 2016, which crossed him against Del Potro in the opening round, this time he will start his journey against Bolivian Hugo Dellien. Although all matches have to be played, it is, a priori, an affordable rival for a debut (the first time they will face each other). His illusion of the Golden Slam will start with everything. Then, the demand will rise gradually since Struff, Musetti, Rublev and Zverev could cross their path. All before a hypothetical ending.
Also, in that same quadrant (the first 32) is Alexander Zverev as the fourth seeded of the contest. The fact that the matches are the best of three sets gives you more chances to dream big. So much so that Lu and Galán are two opponents tailored to the German. Of course, Hurkacz, of great moment, Djokovic and Medvedev could be more than complex stumbling blocks.
Potential opponents of Stefanos Tsitsipas: Philipp Kohlschreiber, Frances Tiafoe, Ugo Humbert, Diego Schwartzman, Daniil Medvedev, Novak Djokovic
Potential rivals of Daniil Medvedev: Alexander Bublik, Sumit Nagal / Denis Istomin, Fabio Fognini, Pablo Carreño / Felix Auger Aliassime / Andy Murray, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Novak Djokovic
The first game was not easy for Medvedev, one of the players called to make noise in the tournament. Despite of favorable record (2-0), Bublik is always dangerous in the wake of a great serve and a volley that accompanies his not-so-flashy, but effective enough game. However, it seems the most difficult in the first three laps. The rod would rise before a possible Aliassime, Tsitsipas or Djokovic.
Meanwhile, Tsitsipas, one of the best players of the year and a finalist at Roland Garros, could repeat a duel against Tiafoe (the American eliminated him at Wimbledon) early. Humbert, Schwartzman and Khachanov are some of the tough nuts that appear in that sector.
Who will get the medals? Can Djokovic break the bar? The doubts are over and the beauty begins. The countdown has now come to an end.