Excited to be the flag bearer for Spain and leader of the Spanish tennis team, it was a sad day for Rafa when he had to withdraw from the event following complications with his knee tendonitis. It looks like it was a sad day for Djokovic as well, as he recently admitted that “It is definitely a loss for the tennis tournament and the Olympic Games to not have Nadal participating here.”
Although his new rival is missing from the competition, the Serbian isn’t resting on his laurels however as he is aware that “many other tennis players and other Olympians will try to perform their best and try to reach the peak of the careers and eventually win the medals”. Those “many other tennis players and Olympians” include Andy Murray, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and the man who snatched the ATP world number 1 ranking away from him with his seventh Wimbledon singles title – Roger Federer.
Although blunt in his admission of Roger being the player who “stands probably the best chance to win a gold because of his career and success and history”, Djokovic is enjoying representing his home country in the Olympic Games and the atmosphere during the competition of “everyone staying together and helping each other.” Hopefully “wearing the shirts of” Serbia on court will help Nole get over the loss of the record-breaking Spaniard from the tournament.