Novak Djokovic allowed Japan’s Kei Nishikori just two games during Thursday’s overpowering performance into the Tokyo Olympic semi-finals.

The Serb world No. 1 who is bidding to achieve a Golden Slam, needs to win gold here to keep his dream alive.

He already owns Australian, French and Wimbledon singles titles this season but would need to complete the matched  set by winning both Tokyo and the US Open in September.

Djokovic needed just 72 minutes to impose on Japan’s top player, with the top seed breaking five times and keeping Nishikori’s winners count to a mere six while making 16 unforced errors.

Djokovic is striving for personal history after a lacklustre Olympic career to date: he made his only impression with a Beijing singles bronze 13 years ago.

Second seed Daniil Medvedev ran out of gas in his quarter-final, taking a 6-2, 7-6(5) loss to Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta. Fellow Russian Karen Khachanov did better as he defeated France’s Ugo Humbert 7-6(4) 4-6 6-3 to next face Carreno Busta.

“Today was much better in terms of physical conditions,” Khachanov said of the delayed 3 p.m. start to avoided the major heat of the day.

“It’s still humid and still hot, but nothing compared to other days. That was a big plus for everyone.

“I felt well physically and mentally, I came here to fight for medals and I’m playing good tennis so far. 

“I’m managing to find solutions to the problems as they appear – this is tennis. I’m enjoying so far, and I want to keep going like that.”

Main photo:- Novak Djokovic into the Olympic semi-finals ©


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