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Novak Djokovic Cruises Past Japan’s Kei Nishikori to Advance to the Semi-Finals of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics



Novak Djokovic entered the competition with high hopes. He was most recently declared the Wimbledon champion. With 20 grand slams to his name, he has written his name into the history books. He now aims to complete the golden slam and become only the 5th player to have achieved that milestone. 

 The Serbian started his first-round match on 23rd July and since that day he is looking unstoppable. With a spot in the Semifinal, he is only 2 wins away to conquer the gold medal here in Tokyo Olympics. 

Today Novak faced Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals of the men’s singles and in another match, he and his partner Stojanovic took on Germany’s Siegemund/Krawietz in the mixed doubles quarter-finals. 

Let’s have a look at how Novak performed against Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals.

Also read: Everything you need to know about Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic enters into the semi finals

Novak Djokovic v/s Kei Nishikori

Novak came into the quarter-finals to face home favorite Kei Nishikori. The Japanese, who was playing his third consecutive quarter-finals in Olympics, failed to give Novak tough competition. The Serbian showed his dominance throughout the match and won quite convincingly 6-2, 6-0.

The match was headed on by France’s Damien Dumusois. The match only lasted for about an hour. The world no 1 player did not give his opponent any chance to come back. 

Novak Djokovic

With this win, he has now booked his ticket for a semi-final spot. With just two wins remaining for the record time grand slam winner, it will be interesting to see how he performs in the upcoming matches. 

Let us have a look at the post-match statistics.

Match Statistics
Total aces30
Double faults42
Service winners00
1st serve20/42(48%)25/48(52%)
Aces on 1st serve30
Points won on 1st serve17/2014/25
2nd Serve18/22(82%)21/23(91%)
Aces on 2nd serve00
Points won on 2nd serve14/186/21
Total Points Won5931
Receiving points won28/48(58%)11/42(26%)
Breakpoints conversions5/10(50%)0/1(0%)
Forehand winners33
Backhand winners53
Forced errors1227
Unforced errors1316
Net points won12/13(92%)6/14(43%)

With this win, he also ties up with Roger Federer for the record of most wins in the Olympics. He will now face the winner of the match that will be played against Alexander Zverev and Jeremy Chardy.