Novak Djokovic's Olympic dream

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Novak Djokovic's Olympic dream

"I can't wait for the Olympic Games to come. I hope I can play well and get my best result at the Paris 2024 Olympics. We will play on clay and I know the Roland Garros courts well." After defeating Tallon Griekspoor in straight sets at the ATP 500 tournament in Dubai, Novak Djokovic sent a clear message at the press conference.

The Serbian champion has never hidden his great ambitions and has always proudly represented his country in the most important sporting events. The dream of the Belgrader is to finally be able to win the gold medal next year.

A goal that he still hasn't been able to achieve.

Novak Djokovic's Olympic dream

Djokovic's history at the Olympic Games has almost gone the opposite way from that on the ATP Tour. The biggest disappointments in his career are to be found at the Olympics.

The Serbian picked up a bronze medal at Beijing 2008 and two fourth-place finishes at London 2012 and Tokyo 2020. The finish seemed like a formality in his latest Olympic appearance, but the pressure played a trick on him. Up a set and a break against Alexander Zverev in the semifinals, Djokovic suddenly collapsed and ended up losing the match.

"The desire is always the same. I always try to be very clear with myself and know the goals I would like to achieve in the world of tennis. I grew up with this mentality that some of the key people in my life taught and passed on to me.

I always remind myself that willpower and the will to succeed are the essential ingredients." Djokovic faced Hubert Hurkacz in the quarterfinals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. The two have already challenged each other four times in their careers and Djokovic has always won.

However, the Pole managed to win a set on two occasions: at Wimbledon 2019 and at the Masters 1000 Paris-Bercy 2021. Nole won in straight sets, and now he will face Daniil Medvedev in the semifinals.

Novak Djokovic