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Murray, Federer, Djokovic set for Tokyo Olympics showdown

Andy Murray. Photo: ATP

London, July 1 (MNN) The International Tennis Federation has announced entries for Tokyo 2020, with two-time Olympic champion Andy Murray hoping to defend his title, while Roger Federer aims for that elusive gold. Novak Djokovic should be looking to make amends after an early Rio 2016 exit.

Murray will be up against his old Olympic foe in Federer who is also set to compete in his third Olympic Games.

The Swiss won gold in the doubles at Beijing 2008, and silver in the singles – to Murray’s gold – at London 2012, but missed Rio 2016 through injury.

Murray, meanwhile, is looking for a threepeat after winning gold at Rio 2016 to add to his home Games title.

Both also have the little obstacle of Serbia’s Novak Djokovic to contend with, a wounded Olympic soul after a first round exit to Argentine Juan Martin del Potro at Rio 2016.

The young guns of Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas, who have also been picked for their respective countries of Germany and Greece, will also likely have a say in the matter.

Dan Evans will join Murray in the singles competition for Great Britain, making his debut at an Olympic Games. Murray and Evans will also play in the men’s doubles pairing up with Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski, respectively.

In the women’s draw, four-time grand slam winner Osaka Naomi will be the home-crowd favourite with Australia’s world number one Ash Barty also on the list.

Britain’s Jo Konta and Heather Watson will both play singles and also repeat their Rio 2016 pairing in the women’s doubles, although they will hope to go further than the second round this time.

Konta made the quarter-finals in Brazil in the singles but was knocked out in the first round of the mixed doubles.

Konta will be keen to get back out there after missing Wimbledon due to having to self-isolate after close contact with someone with COVID-19.

Two-time Olympian Watson, meanwhile, made it through to the quarter-finals in the mixed doubles in Rio and to the second round in singles in London.

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