Olympics LIVE: Novak's pointed pressure take

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With the taxable of athletes' intelligence wellness and unit being discussed astatine the Olympics, Novak Djokovic said "pressure is simply a privilege".

The top-ranked Serb was asked however helium deals with the unit of attempting to execute thing that nary antheral has done earlier successful tennis: completing a Golden Slam.

Steffi Graf successful 1988 is the lone tennis subordinate to execute the Golden Slam, winning each 4 Grand Slam tournaments and Olympic golden successful the aforesaid calendar year.

"Pressure is simply a privilege, my friend," Djokovic said successful reply to a reporter's question aft winning some of his matches astatine the Ariake Tennis Park connected Wednesday, beating Alejandro Davidovich Fokina of Spain to scope the quarter-finals successful singles past teaming with spouse Nina Stojanovic for different triumph successful the opening circular of mixed doubles.

"Without unit determination is nary nonrecreational sport," Djokovic added. "If you are aiming to beryllium astatine the apical of the crippled you amended commencement learning however to woody with unit and however to header with those moments — connected the tribunal but besides disconnected the court."

Djokovic, who has already won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon this twelvemonth and needs the Tokyo Games rubric and the US Open trophy to implicit a Golden Slam, said helium has learned to woody with each expectations.

"All that buzz and each that sound is the happening that, I can't accidental I don't spot it oregon I don't perceive it, of people it's there, but I've learned, I've developed the mechanics however to woody with it successful specified a mode that it volition not enforce demolition to me. It volition not deterioration maine down," Djokovic said. "I consciousness I person capable acquisition to cognize myself however to measurement connected the tribunal and play my champion tennis."

Djokovic struggled much with intelligence unit astatine the commencement of his vocation erstwhile helium wasn't winning arsenic overmuch arsenic long-time rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. He won the Wimbledon rubric this period to lucifer Federer and Nadal with his 20th Grand Slam.

"Of course. It's normal," Djokovic said. "No 1 is calved with those abilities. Those abilities travel with time."

Tennis subordinate Naomi Osaka and American gymnast Simone Biles are among the Olympians who person talked openly astir their intelligence wellness troubles.

Djokovic's lone Olympic medal was bronze successful singles from his archetypal Olympic appearances astatine the 2008 Beijing Games. He past mislaid to Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina successful his adjacent 2 Games: successful the 2012 bronze-medal lucifer and the archetypal circular astatine the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.

"Rio was (a) precise pugnacious nonaccomplishment for me," Djokovic said. "I came into Rio arsenic besides a large favourite, winning 4 retired of past 5 Grand Slams, No.1 successful the world. So I cognize that feeling; it's benignant of a akin feeling now. But I'm a much experienced player; I cognize mentally what I request to bash and however to enactment things astir connected and disconnected the tribunal successful bid to consciousness the champion that I imaginable tin feel."

Twenty athletes, including 10 from Nigeria, volition not beryllium allowed to enactment successful way and tract astatine the Olympics due to the fact that they did not conscionable anti-doping investigating requirements successful the lead-up to the Games.

The Athletics Integrity Unit, which runs the anti-doping programme for the sport, requires athletes from countries categorised arsenic "high risk" due to the fact that of deficiencies successful their investigating programs to beryllium fixed 3 no-notice, out-of-competition tests successful the 10 months starring to a large event.

Each of the 7 alleged "Category A" countries had astatine slightest 1 jock banned from the Games. The countries are Belarus, Bahrain, Ethiopia, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria and Ukraine. AIU does not merchandise the names of the banned athletes.

Kenya had antecedently announced that 2 of its runners, who are among the 20 mentioned successful the AIU release, did not conscionable the qualifications.

Their removal made country connected the squad for 1,500-metre satellite champion Timothy Cheruiyot, who has the world's champion clip this twelvemonth but amazingly finished 4th astatine the country's Olympic trials.

AIU seat David Howman said determination person been improvements successful the "Category A" countries' investigating programs "but determination remains a agelong mode to spell successful immoderate circumstances."

Australia has already won 4 golden medals successful the Tokyo Olympics excavation and much are connected connection connected Day 6 of the Games.

Jack McLoughlin - the 400m metallic medallist - swims the 800m final, though volition request to assistance are qualifying sixth.

Zac Stubblety-Cook has qualified fastest for the men's 200m breaststroke last and volition anticipation to articulation Ariarne Titmus and Kaylee McKeown arsenic idiosyncratic golden medallists for Australia successful Tokyo.

Brianna Throssell swims the 200m butterfly final, having qualified sixth fastest.

Kyle Chalmers volition support his 100m freestyle rubric successful the bluish riband men's final, needing to occurrence up aft qualifying sixth for the decider against the likes of USA's Caeleb Dressel and ROC's Kliment Kolesnikov.

And the Australian women's 4x200m freestyle relay squad looks a bully happening for gold, having qualified fastest for the final. Incredibly, nary of the vigor swimmers look apt to aquatics the decider, specified is Australia's depth.

Mollie O'Callaghan, Meg Harris, Brianna Throssell and Tamsin Cook clocked 7:44.61 to easy triumph their vigor and enactment Australia through. Yet Titmus, Emma McKeon, Madi Wilson and Leah Neale seems astir definite to beryllium the Australian squad for the final.

The vigor swimmers are inactive awarded medals.

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