The number one sweep in its debut took place in Tokyo, while the Russian and Spanish mourned the “extreme conditions” on the track.
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Novak Djokovik, No. 1 in the world and Russian Daniil Medvedev (n.2) began their journey with a win at Tokyo 2020, a day marked by heat and humidity, and also won by Spain’s Pablo Carrio, Alejandro Davidovich and Paula Badosa.
Djokovic, in a rough form after winning Roland Garros and Wimbledon in the past two months, needed barely an hour to beat Bolivia in a 6-2 double Hugo Delien, 28, number 139 in the world rankings and who was facing the Serbian for the first time. Upsetting Djokovic was a practically impossible mission for Dalian, who, after winning the Australian Open earlier in the year, is looking for a title in Tokyo that will allow him to continue his Golden Slam aspirations.
“I’m happy to cross this first hurdle. I think I played solid on the court. You can always do better, but in the first game I’m satisfied”, declared Djokovic, who played the first round at RO 2016. I was out. by Argentina. Juan Martin del Potro.
The first day of the Olympic tennis tournament was marked by suffocating heat and humidity which added to the efforts of the tennis players. Medvedev called it a “joke” for players to play in these conditions after beating Kazakh Alexander Bublik (number 40 in the ATP), 6–4 and 7–6 (10/8).
“I think that, as is the case in Mexico, where it is also very hot, the matches are scheduled from 6:00 pm (…), although I do not think they will change in the middle of the tournament now,” he said. Said. criticized. However, the Russian assured that he is “in Tokyo to fight (for the medal), not to cry because of the heat.”
Despite playing “in extreme conditions”, the Spanish Paula Badosa (n.29) came back against the French Kristina Mladenovic (n.63), 6-7 (4/7), 6-3 and 6-0, and qualified for the second round. “I think I adapted very well, I fought the whole game and in the end I played at a very good level,” declared Badosa in the mixed field.
The player born in New York was one of the Polish favorites in the second round. as the rival of iga switec (N.8), winner of Roland Garros in 2020. Polish player whose father tomaszi Sail – 1988 was the Olympics in rowing, he defeated the German Mona Barthel From a double 6-2.
Badosa’s only win for Spanish tennis was not to be counted on Rafael Nadal in Tokyo, who preferred to make a halt in the season after a clay court tour. Spanish player with the best ranking of people in Tokyo, pablo cario (n.11) started the tournament with a solvent victory against an uneasy opponent like the American tennis sandgreen (No.81), which he defeated 7–5 and 6–2.
Cario will play in the second round against the Croatian legend marin silli, winner of the US Open in 2014 but went through a lot to beat Brazil in three sets Joao Menezes.
One of the youth values, Malagueo Alexander Davydovich (n.35), made his debut with impressive 6–3 and 6–0 wins against the Portuguese. Pedro Sousa and play in the second round against the Australian John Millman.
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