‘Anything can happen’ – Novak Djokovic names three ‘favourites’ for Olympic gold

Novak Djokovic has named Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Daniil Medvedev as his main rivals for Olympics gold.

The event has suffered from a spate of withdrawals, with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal Dominic Thiem, and Matteo Berrettini all opting out of the tournament.

That leaves Djokovic as a strong favourite, although he knows there is still plenty of names in the competition who can hurt him.

“Although some players from the top are not coming, there are also a lot of elite players fighting for medals,” Djokovic told the press ahead of the Olympics.

“[Daniil] Medvedev, [Stefanos] Tsitsipas and [Alex] Zverev are among the favourites. They are the best, but it is a long tournament and anything can happen.”

Although it is not Djokovic’s first Olympics, it’s something he can’t wait to experience again and, typically, he believes it will present a lot of opportunities to learn.

“It really is a unique feeling,” he explained. “[In] the [Olympic] village: best athletes in the world share time, we eat and sleep under the same roof.

“It is a valuable experience which spurred my individual career afterwards.

“It is interesting to see other elite athletes practicing, preparing, eating, and recovering. It is fun, but it is useful as well, the knowledge you get.”

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