Novak Djokovic eases to straight-sets win over Jan-Lennard Struff in Tokyo to keep Golden Slam hopes alive… with just Olympics and US Open needed for the full set after perfect start to 2021
Novak Djokovic comfortably saw off Jan-Lennard Struff in the second round in Tokyo to progress and keep his Golden Slam hopes alive.
The world number one eased past the German 6-4 6-3 to make it two straight-sets wins in a row to kick off his Olympic bid as he made it through to the last 16.
Novak Djokovic continued his route to Olympic gold with a 6-4 6-3 win over Jan-Lennard Struff
The world number moved into the last 16 where he’ll play Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina
Djokovic will play Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the next round, after the Spaniard beat John Millman in three sets.
After his first-round win, the Serbian had criticised organisers for exposing players to sweltering conditions, calling on them to push matches back to later in the day.
He said: ‘You feel you have weights on your shoulders because there’s so much heat and humidity and stagnated air.
‘You don’t feel yourself, you feel slow with your legs. It’s not the first time we get to experience tough conditions. I spoke to a couple of guys in the locker room and all of them said this is the toughest that they have experienced day to day.’
He got his wish for this match, played in the early evening in Tokyo, and never looked in any danger of going out, before sealing the win with an ace.
Djokovic spoke after his first-round win over how tough conditions were on court for players