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'I'm thriving on the energy of the Olympic village,' says Novak Djokovic

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Novak Djokovic is through to the third round in his Tokyo Olympic campaign and says he is thriving on being around other athletes in the Olympic village. 

Djokovic is striving not only to achieve his first Olympic gold, but to try and win a Golden Slam, which is all four Grand Slam titles and an Olympic gold medal, a feat that only Steffi Graf has ever achieved.

And after already winning the first three majors of the year, the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon, the Serbian is on track for Olympic success not dropping a set in his first two matches.

The world number one admits he is enjoying being surrounded by the other athletes in the village and that many of them have been asking him to share secrets of how he remains focused under pressure.

"I did speak with quite a few athletes, the first night was with Serbian female basketball players, judo athletes and from different sports,” said Djokovic after his second-round win over Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany.

“They were very interested to ask me about the mental strength and how to deal with pressure, what are the techniques and what are the ways to really understand how to bounce back if you lost your focus in that moment while you’re performing.

"I talked about that a lot but, I’m going to keep it a secret, just for athletes, athletes only.”

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Djokovic says he's enjoying representing the sport of tennis and shining the spotlight on it, amongst all of the other sports, but it also thriving on the different energies there.

"You’re trying to get the hype and the attention towards our sport as much as you possibly can, so we’re all contributing to that in the Olympic village,” said Djokovic.

"There’s a lot of attention towards the tennis players from the other athletes, which is very nice to see, very nice to experience.

“I’m in a hotel for tennis seasons and this happens once in four years. I try to balance things out with keeping my own routines and things that make me feel good but I’m thriving on that wonderful energy in the village.”

Djokovic will play Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the next round with a potential clash with Japanese home favourite Kei Nishikori after that.

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