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Novak Djokovic after Olympics opener: 'The humidity is brutal but I was solid on the court'

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Novak Djokovic described the humidity at the Olympics as 'brutal' after he came through his first round match against Hugo Dellien.

Djokovic was in complete control against the Bolivian world number 72, who was unable to create a single break point during the match.

A bigger talking point for many of the players has been the humidity in Tokyo, with both Daniil Medvedev and Iga Swiatek commenting on how tough conditions are after the match.

"It was challenging but I'm pleased to overcome the first hurdle," Djokovic said after the match.

"I think I was solid on the court. I could always do better but for a first match I'm satisfied.

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"It was the hottest day so far. Humidity is brutal. It's certainly hot but also humid, the hard courts absorb the heat and it stays trapped in there.

"There was not much wind, not much breeze."

Djokovic will face German Jan-Lennard Struff in the second round after he beat Brazil's Thiago Monteiro in his first round match.

The world number one is chasing history in Tokyo, where he can take a major step towards becoming the first man to ever win the 'Golden Slam' - all four majors and an Olympics singles gold in the same year.

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