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Andy Murray sent Olympics message from Novak Djokovic as Brit bids for third gold

Andy Murray has been sent a good luck message from Novak Djokovic ahead of his quest to win a medal at the Tokyo Olympics. Murray is defending his gold medal from 2016 in Rio and he also won at London 2012.

It will be far more difficult this time around for the Scot who has been hampered by injuries in recent years.

He did impress at Wimbledon in reaching the third round but he has a tough opponent to start with.

Young Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime will look to cause a stir in knocking out the reigning Olympic champion.

There is no doubt as to who the favourite is though – world number one Djokovic.

The Serbian has won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon in his quest for the Golden Slam which would require a gold medal and US Open victory.

Djokovic has sent a classy message to Murray after practicing with him ahead of the tournament.

He tweeted: “Thanks for a great practice @andy_murray Kon’nichiwa Tokyo! #Tokyo2020 #TeamSerbia”.

Murray thinks it would be his best achievement if he was to win a medal in Tokyo this time around.

“That’s the goal, to try and win another medal,” Murray explained.

“I’m aware that it’s not gonna be easy. I’m also in a slightly different position to what I was four, five years ago when I would’ve been expected to get one. Maybe not the case this time around.

“But for me, it would probably be my best achievement if I could do that after everything that’s gone on the last few years and stuff.

“I’m motivated for that reason alone and I still believe that I can do that. I still believe that it’s possible.”

Murray’s first match in the men’s tennis tournament is set to take place over the weekend.

“I’ve prepared as best as I can. I have tough draws in singles and doubles but I think I have a chance,” Murray explained.

Murray has also opened up on the anxious atmosphere surrounding the Olympics and COVID-19.

“It happened to me before the Australian Open and I was gutted,” said Murray, who was unable to travel to Australia in January after testing positive for coronavirus.

“Thankfully I was able to compete in another Grand Slam a few months later, but if you’ve been preparing for something for five years and something like that to happens to you it would be brutal.

“So there is an anxiousness, but from what I’ve seen everyone is taking the protocols seriously so hopefully there won’t be too many issues.”


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