Tokyo 2020: Djokovic says 'history on the line' in Golden Slam bid
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Novak Djokovic has been warned by his second round opponent at the Tokyo Olympics as the pair get ready to meet on Monday. Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff is looking to cause a huge upset on day three of the men’s singles at the Ariake Tennis Park.
The world No 48 has lost all five of his previous matches against the Serb with their last meeting being a straight sets win for Djokovic at last year’s US Open.
But that hasn’t dented the German’s confidence ahead of their sixth meeting.
Speaking to Bild, he said: “I really wanted the match. It’s absolutely special.
“Novak is currently in incredible form. I have to play my best tennis, otherwise I don’t have a chance.
“I’ve played him a couple of times and unfortunately I always lost.
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“But I believe I can win, otherwise I wouldn’t even play.
“Everyone wants to trip him up – me too.”
Djokovic is looking to become the first man to win the ‘Golden Slam’ which would involve the Serb winning Olympic gold and all four Grand Slams in the same year.
The 20-time Grand Salm champion has already won the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon this year with victories in Tokyo and the US Open later in the summer needed to secure the historic achievement.
Whilst Struff has never beaten the Serb, his compatriot Alexander Zverev has managed it on two previous occasions.
And he told Struff what conditions will be best for him to beat the world No 1.
“During the day is better,” he said. “Take a look at his Australia Open night record.
“That’s kind of 27-1 or 30-1. The only match he lost was against Wawrinka. He would have won against aliens too.”
Djokovic is currently on a 20 match winning streak having last tasted defeat in the final of the Rome Masters to Rafael Nadal in May.
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