Novak Djokovic strolled into the third spherical of the Tokyo Olympics tennis match on Monday as Japanese star Naomi Osaka’s path to gold opened up additional after a bunch of main girls’s seeds exited.
Djokovic smacked 14 aces in a 6-4, 6-3 win over Germany’s Forty eighth-ranked Jan-Lennard Struff and can play Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina for a spot within the quarter-finals.
The world primary had led requires organisers to push again begin instances to keep away from the worst of the punishing warmth after blazing sunshine introduced the intense climate coverage into play in spherical one.
But a mild breeze and barely overcast skies at Ariake Tennis Park made for much less brutal situations on the third day of the Games.
“I was struggling with certain things in the first round, but today was far more pleasant to play, just a higher level of tennis on my side,” stated Djokovic.
“I’m very pleased with the way I felt on the court.”
As Djokovic edges nearer in the direction of a Golden Grand Slam, after already snapping up the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon titles this yr, he seems unfazed by the rising strain.
“I think that once you reach the top spots in the rankings and start winning Slams, you’re going to experience different kinds of expectations and pressure from yourself and people around,” stated Djokovic.
“Being a Grand Slam champion and being number one in the world carries a lot of weight.”
Osaka raced into the final 16 as she powered previous Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic 6-3, 6-2 in simply over an hour, taking part in her second match in as many days after lighting the Olympic cauldron on Friday.
“Honestly, I feel like I was a bit more nervous before the match,” stated Osaka.
“I felt a lot of butterflies, but I think as I started playing and feeling more comfortable, I knew that no matter what it would be a great match.”
Before arriving on the Games, Osaka had not performed since May, when she walked out of the French Open saying media commitments have been harming her psychological well being.
Sabalenka, Swiatek and Kvitova lose
The second seed is the highest-ranked participant left within the girls’s draw following the shock first-round exit of world primary and Wimbledon champion Ashleigh Barty.
Third seed Aryna Sabalenka was crushed by Donna Vekic within the second spherical Monday.
“It definitely would mean a lot for me to win gold here, but I know it’s a process,” stated Osaka, who subsequent performs 2019 French Open runner-up Marketa Vondrousova.
“I know that these are the best players in the world and I honestly haven’t played in a while so I’m trying to take it one match at a time. But all in all I’m just really happy to be here.”
Sabalenka misplaced 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7/3) to Vekic, whereas 2020 French Open champion Iga Swiatek was left in tears after taking place in straight units to Spain’s Paula Badosa.
Belgium’s Alison Van Uytvanck knocked out Czech tenth seed Petra Kvitova in three units as Sara Sorribes Tormo backed up her defeat of Barty with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Fiona Ferro.
Elina Svitolina was in peril of becoming a member of the exodus of prime gamers, however the Ukrainian scrapped her well past Ajla Tomljanovic 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova beat Canadian teenager Leylah Fernandez 6-2, 6-4 and two-time Grand Slam winner Garbine Muguruza swatted China’s Wang Qiang apart for the lack of simply three video games.
Alexander Zverev is a possible semi-final opponent for Djokovic. The German strolled previous Colombia’s Daniel Elahi Galan 6-2, 6-2 and second seed Daniil Medvedev thrashed Sumit Nagal 6-2, 6-1.
Medvedev will play the risky Fabio Fognini in spherical three, with Spanish sixth seed Pablo Carreno Busta getting the higher of Marin Cilic 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.