Murray, Willam sisters and Djokovic to lead the history charge in Rio
After more than half a dozen athletes pull out of the Olympics due to various reasons aka the Zika virus, the Rio Olympics can finally breathe, with Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams and Andy Murray will create Olympic history tomorrow.
It also gives world number one Novak Djokovic a chance to collect all four major tournament medals and trophies after he won the French open in June. He will have a tough first game though, as he faces his rival Juan Martin del Potro who beat him in the bronze medal match in the London Olympics making this a grudge match. A win this year, can give Djokovic a chance at a maiden gold medal at the Olympics.
Juan Martin comes into Rio with a ranking of 145th after a series of wrist operations dropped his rankings, a steep drop since he was fourth in 2011. ‘This match is going to be completely different. My game is not as good as I played four years ago,’ said Del Potro in an interview. He is after all the 2009 Us open winner and the only man outside of the big four to win a major over a span of 35 tournaments between 2005 and 2013.
Andy Murray on the other hand, who is the British flag bearer, starts his Gold medal campaign on Sunday against gritty Viktor Troicki of Serbia, while Rafeal Nadal who had to withdraw from the 2012 Olympics with an injury has the chance to lead his team into the opening ceremony.
Both Djokovic and Murray had no intention of ever missing Rio, even though half of the world’s top 10 are missing, including Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka, and Milos Raonic to name a few. ‘It’s my number one goal. It would mean the world to me to crown my career with gold, it would rank as one of my highest achievements,’ said Djokovic.