World number one and Serbia’s Novak Djokovic will be up against the 139th-ranked and Bolivia’s Hugo Dellien in the first round of the Olympics men’s singles on Saturday, July 24. Get the live streaming options of this Novak Djokovic v Hugo Dellien match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Novak Djokovic v Hugo Dellien Head to Head
There have been no previous matches played between Djokovic and Dellien before this.
Djokovic Gunning for Golden Slam
It’s the kind of a season you would have expected from Djokovic given the form he continued to exhibit even after returning from the pandemic last season.
He was defaulted out of the US Open in 2020 but that looked to have pushed him into an additional gear, one that saw him make the final at French Open last year, and win that title this season. And a small matter of two other Grand Slam victories as well, in the form of Australian Open and Wimbledon.
With the Olympics pushed to 2021 because of the pandemic, Djokovic now enters his first round match here with one goal – win the singles gold and give himself a chance to win the Golden Slam, i.e. the four Grand Slams in a calendar year and the Olympics singles gold.
Having won 34 of the 37 matches he played this year and spread across different surfaces is an indicator of how difficult it is to defeat Djokovic. And in his first round match against a player ranked 139th, it looks highly unlikely Djokovic will face any trouble.
Dellien’s Won Just One Main Draw Match
Once ranked 72nd in the world, Dellien’s performances have declined over the last couple of seasons and that has seen him fall to outside the top 130 on the ATP rankings.
That Dellien has qualified for this event is thanks to the system in place to allow players from more countries to participate because as a 139th-ranked player, he would have found it tough to qualify for a 64-man singles event.
Dellien’s only won one main draw match this year and that came on the clay court of Rome Masters. As a qualifier, he had beaten the struggling Adrian Mannarino in three sets before bowing out to Alexander Zverev.
He enters this tournament on the back of a qualifying defeat at Wimbledon, in sharp contrast to his opponent who won that very title. Dellien would do well to avoid a massacre of a scoreline.
Djokovic v Dellien Prediction and Tip
This is as easy as it gets for the world number one with Djokovic expected to steamroll his opponent. Expecting less than 19 games too.