When it comes to athleticism and flexibility in sports, tennis world no. 1 Novak Djokovic is probably among the best in the business. The Serbian often amazes the fans with his incredible reach on the tennis court. People often hilariously claim that Djokovic has strings in his body, just like that of a gymnast. Ahead of Tokyo Olympics 2020, the 34-year-old did give a glimpse of this common perception and proved that people might not actually be wrong.
During the training sessions for the Summer Games, the Serbian was spotted with Belgian gymnasts Nina Derwael and Maellyse Brassart where the trio can be seen attempting a full-body stretch to perfection. Much to everyone's surprise, Djokovic comes very close to meeting the levels of flexibility of professional gymnasts.
Is that a tennis player or a gymnast?
The unbelievable proof of Novak Djokovic's incredible fitness and elasticity was on display when Belgian athlete Nina Derwael posted the pictures where the 20-time Grand Slam champion replicates the stretch and pose of the gymnast. Djokovic actually nails the incredible challenge in style, leaving the fans awestruck once again with his remarkable flexibility.
Djokovic has a trademark shot in tennis, called the Spiderman shot, where the tennis player uses a similar kind of a stretch on the court. While posting the pics with Djokovic, the Belgian gymnast also took a cheeky dig at the Serbian with a hilarious caption where she stated, "When @djokernole asks for a picture, you can’t refuse."
Djokovic begins his campaign with an easy win
Having already won all the three Grand Slams (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon) so far this year, Djokovic has not set his eyes on an Olympics medal. As the Serbian kicked off his campaign on Saturday, he was at his absolute best. Djokovic registered a clinical victory in the first round of Tokyo Olympics 2020 as he defeated Bolivia's Hugo Dellien 6-2 6-2.
The Serbian will now face Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff in the second round of the event, which could prove to be a tricky match for Djokovic. Although the Serbian has managed to go past Struff in the previous five meetings between the two of them, the German is capable enough to pull off an upset. Djokovic would certainly be aware of his opponent and would be determined to secure his place in Round 3 of the Games.