Novak Djokovic closing in on gold at Tokyo Olympics as he admits his ‘level of tennis is getting better and better’
He is only two wins away from winning gold at the Tokyo Olympics and Novak Djokovic admits he is starting to feel good on the court after easing into the semi-finals.
The world No 1 from Serbia was in blistering form as he crushed Kei Nishikori 6-2, 6-0 to book his place in the last four, breaking twice in the first set and three times in the second to win in one hour and 16 minutes.
The first player – male or female – to reach three #Olympics singles semi-finals 🇷🇸@DjokerNole races past Kei Nishikori 6-2 6-0 and will get a third shot at making the gold medal match after Beijing 2008 and London 2012#Tokyo2020 | #Tennis
— ITF (@ITFTennis) July 29, 2021
Djokovic is aiming to become the first man to win the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, US Open and Olympics singles gold in the same year.
The 20-time Grand Slam winner believes he produced his best performance in Tokyo against Nishikori.
“The matches are not getting easier but my level of tennis is getting better and better,” he said.
“I’ve done that so many times in my career. I know that I’m the kind of player that the further the tournament goes, the better I feel on court, and that’s the case here.
“Best performance of the tournament tonight against a good opponent.”
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) July 29, 2021
Djokovic will face Alexander Zverev for a place in the gold medal match after the fourth seed from Germany beat Jeremy Chardy from France 6-4, 6-1 in one hour and seven minutes.
The other semi-final will see Pablo Carreno Busta take on Karen Khachanov.
Spaniard Carreno Busta stunned second seed and two-time Grand Slam runner-up Daniil Medvedev 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) while Khachanov beat Ugo Humbert from France 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 6-3.
“I felt well physically, I felt well mentally,” Khachanov told ITFtennis.com. “I came here to fight for medals and I’m playing good tennis so far. I’m happy that I’m managing to find solutions to the problems as they appear – this is tennis. I’m enjoying [it] so far, and I want to keep going like that.”
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