Men’s Olympic Tennis First Round – Novak Djokovic vs Hugo Dellien Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Novak Djokovic vs Hugo Dellien taking place? Novak Djokovic vs Hugo Dellien will take place on Saturday 24th July, 2021 at (not before) 07:30 (UK)

Where is Novak Djokovic vs Hugo Dellien taking place? Novak Djokovic vs Hugo Dellien will take place at Ariake Tennis Park in Tokyo

What surface is Novak Djokovic vs Hugo Dellien played on? Novak Djokovic vs Hugo Dellien will be played on hard courts

Where can I get tickets for Novak Djokovic vs Hugo Dellien? There are no tickets for Novak Djokovic vs Hugo Dellien as Olympic Tennis will take place without spectators.

What TV channel is Novak Djokovic vs Hugo Dellien on in the UK? Olympic coverage is shared between BBC and Eurosport so it is worth checking their schedules for Novak Djokovic vs Hugo Dellien

Where can I stream Novak Djokovic vs Hugo Dellien in the UK? If Novak Djokovic vs Hugo Dellien is televised on BBC then it can be streamed live on the BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website & app. If Novak Djokovic vs Hugo Dellien is televised on Eurosport then subscribers can stream the match live on Eurosport Player

THE PREDICTION

World number one Novak Djokovic is aiming to be the first male tennis player to achieve the ‘Golden Slam’ of all four Grand Slam titles and a gold medal at the Olympic Games. The 34-year-old’s last match was a superbly controlled Wimbledon final where he came back from a tight first set down to beat Matteo Berrettini in four to win a sixth title at SW19. He also won the Australian Open back in February and, incredibly, Roland-Garros in June via one of the best performances of his career against Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals. With only a gold medal here in Tokyo and the US Open title to reach for in September, Djokovic will be chomping at the bit this week and taking no prisoners.

World number 139 Hugo Dellien will represent Bolivia with plenty of heart in this toughest of first round picks but the 28-year-old is not at his best on a hard court. Dellien reached a career-high 72nd in the ATP world rankings early last year after some success on the Challenger circuit in 2019 but his level is several floors below this highest of ceilings. Djokovic can sometimes be caught out at the beginning of matches and tournaments but Dellien is unlikely to be able to spring a surprise here. Take the world number one to win in straight sets.

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