Novak Djokovic entered the third round of the Tokyo Olympics tennis tournament on Monday when Japanese star Naomi Osaka opened more avenues after more women went out of their way to sleep.
Djokovic defeated Germany’s 48th-ranked John Leonard Stroff in a 6-4, 6-3 victory over 14-21 to advance to the quarterfinals against Spain’s Alejandro Dudovich Fukina.
The world number one has called on organizers to push back the start times to avoid the worst heat after a scorching heatstroke.
But Ariac Tennis Park is running lightly and the third day of the Games was less brutal.
“I was struggling with some things in the first round, but it was more fun to play today, I just had a high level of tennis,” Djokovic said.
“I am just happy to be in court.”
As Djokovic heads to the Golden Grand Slam after winning the Australian Open, Roland Gears and Wimbledon titles earlier this year, he appears to be under increasing pressure.
Djokovic said: “I think once you reach the top of the rankings and start winning slams, you will face all sorts of expectations and pressures from yourself and the people around you. ۔ “
“Being a Grand Slam champion and being number one in the world weighs a lot.”
Osaka won the last 16 when they beat Switzerland’s Victoria Golobic 6-3, 6-2 in just one hour to play their second match in several days of Olympic highlights on Friday.
“Honestly, I think I’m a little nervous before the match,” Osaka said.
“I felt a lot of butterflies, but I think as soon as I started playing and felt more relaxed, I knew it didn’t matter that it would be a great match.”
Before arriving at the Games, Osaka had not played since May, when she walked out of the French Open, the media’s promises were hurting her mental health.
Sabalinka, Svetik and Kvitova lost
Second seed World No. 1 and Wimbledon champion Ashley Barty is the highest ranked player in the women’s draw after the first round shock.
In Monday’s second round, third seed Arena Sabalinka was defeated by Donna Vekic.
“Winning a gold medal here certainly means a lot to me, but I know it’s a process,” said Osaka, who plays for French Open runner-up Marquette Vandrosova in 2019.
“I know he’s the best player in the world and I honestly haven’t played in a while so I’m trying to do one match at a time. But I’m really happy to see everything here. ۔ “
Sabalinka lost 6-6, 3-6, 7-6 (7/3) to Waikiki, while the 2020 French Open champion Ega Svetic was left in tears after losing in a straight set to Spain’s Paula Badosa.
Belgium’s Alison Van Utvanak defeated 10th seed Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in three sets as Sarah Saribes Tormo defeated Fiona Ferro 6-1, 6-4 in support of Barty’s defeat.
Elena Svetolina was in danger of being included in the top players, but Ukraine was beaten 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 by Izla Tomaljanovic.
French Open champion Barbora Karjiki Kova defeated Canada’s Laila Fernandez 6-2, 6-4 and two-time Grand Slam winner Garbine Maghorza sidelined China’s Wang Qiang in just three games.
Alexander Zverev Djokovic is a potential opponent in the semi-finals. Germany defeated Colombia’s Daniel Elahi Galan 6-2, 6-2 and second seed Daniel Medvedev defeated Somat Nagal 6-2, 6-1.
Medvedev will face fluent Fabio Fagini in Round Three, and Spanish sixth seed Pablo Carino Bosta will beat Marin Silk 7-7, -4–4, -4-4.