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Singles, Men

Date24 July – 1 August 2021
StatusOlympic
LocationAriake Tennis Forest Park, Ariake, Koto, Tokyo, Japan
Participants64 from 31 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament.

The reigning champion Andy Murray was hoping for his third Olympic title, while Novak Đoković was looking for his first singles title. The Serb was clear favourite in Tokyo, having won eight Grand Slam titles since the last Olympics and, shortly before the Olympics, he equalled Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal’s record of 20 Grand Slams. Đoković also went into the Tokyo Olympics hoping to win the fourth leg of tennis’s “Golden Slam”, achieved only once previously, by Steffi Graf in 1988.

The men’s singles was as much about the top players missing, as much as those who were playing. Amongst those not competing were Federer, Nadal, Nick Kyrgios, Dominic Thiem, Roberto Bautista, and Stan Wawrinka. Andy Murray was a shock last-minute withdrawal from the singles due to injury.

Đoković met the fourth seed Alexander Zverev of Germany in the semi-final. Neither man had not lost a set going into the match. The Serbian won the first set 6-1, but lost the next two 3-6, 1-6. Karen Khachanov of the ROC beat Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta, conqueror of Medvedev, in the other semi.

Đoković then missed out on a medal by losing in three sets to Carreno Busta in the bronze medal match, while Zverev beat Khachanov in a one-sided match 6-3, 6-1. Zverev became the first German men’s singles champion, and his country’s first medallist since Tommy Haas won silver at Sydney in 2000.

PosCompetitorNOC
1Alexander ZverevGERGold
2Karen KhachanovROCSilver
3Pablo Carreño BustaESPBronze
4Novak ĐokovićSRB
=5Kei NishikoriJPN
=5Jérémy ChardyFRA
=5Ugo HumbertFRA
=5Daniil MedvedevROC
=9Alejandro Davidovich FokinaESP
=9Illia IvashkaBLR
=9Nikoloz BasilashviliGEO
=9Liam BroadyGBR
=9Diego SchwartzmanARG
=9Stefanos TsitsipasGRE
=9Dominik KoepferGER
=9Fabio FogniniITA
=17Jan-Lennard StruffGER
=17John MillmanAUS
=17Mikhail KukushkinKAZ
=17Marcos GironUSA
=17Daniel Elahi GalánCOL
=17Lorenzo SonegoITA
=17Aslan KaratsevROC
=17Hubert HurkaczPOL
=17Tomáš MacháčCZE
=17James DuckworthAUS
=17Miomir KecmanovićSRB
=17Frances TiafoeUSA
=17Marin ČilićCRO
=17Max PurcellAUS
=17Yahor HerasimauBLR
=17Sumit NagalIND
=33Hugo DellienBOL
=33Thiago MonteiroBRA
=33Lorenzo MusettiITA
=33Pedro SousaPOR
=33Gaël MonfilsFRA
=33Federico CoriaARG
=33Norbert GombosSVK
=33Andrey RublyovROC
=33Lu Yen-HsunTPE
=33Mohamed SafwatEGY
=33Roberto CarballésESP
=33Taro DanielJPN
=33Tommy PaulUSA
=33Tomás BarriosCHI
=33Francisco CerúndoloARG
=33Luke SavilleAUS
=33Juan Pablo VarillasPER
=33João SousaPOR
=33Lukáš KleinSVK
=33Yoshihito NishiokaJPN
=33Pablo AndújarESP
=33Kamil MajchrzakPOL
=33Gwon Sun-WuKOR
=33Philipp KohlschreiberGER
=33Tennys SandgrenUSA
=33João MenezesBRA
=33Facundo BagnisARG
=33Félix Auger-AliassimeCAN
=33Yuichi SugitaJPN
=33Gilles SimonFRA
=33Denis IstominUZB
=33Aleksandr BublikKAZ

Round One

Date24 – 25 July 2021
FormatWinners advanced to round two.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Match #1Novak ĐokovićSRB6-4, 6-2Hugo DellienBOL
Match #2Jan-Lennard StruffGER6-3, 6-4Thiago MonteiroBRA
Match #3John MillmanAUS6-3, 6-4Lorenzo MusettiITA
Match #4Alejandro Davidovich FokinaESP6-3, 6-0Pedro SousaPOR
Match #5Illia IvashkaBLR6-4, 4-6, 7-5Gaël MonfilsFRA
Match #6Mikhail KukushkinKAZ7-6 (7-4), 7-5Federico CoriaARG
Match #7Marcos GironUSA7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 6-2Norbert GombosSVK
Match #8Kei NishikoriJPN6-3, 6-4Andrey RublyovROC
Match #9Alexander ZverevGER6-1, 6-3Lu Yen-HsunTPE
Match #10Daniel Elahi GalánCOL7-5, 6-1Mohamed SafwatEGY
Match #11Nikoloz BasilashviliGEO6-3, 6-2Roberto CarballésESP
Match #12Lorenzo SonegoITA4-6, 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-3)Taro DanielJPN
Match #13Aslan KaratsevROC6-3, 6-2Tommy PaulUSA
Match #14Jérémy ChardyFRA6-1, 7-6 (7-4)Tomás BarriosCHI
Match #15Liam BroadyGBR7-5, 6-7 (4-7), 6-2Francisco CerúndoloARG
Match #16Hubert HurkaczPOL6-2, 6-4Luke SavilleAUS
Match #17Diego SchwartzmanARG7-5, 6-4Juan Pablo VarillasPER
Match #18Tomáš MacháčCZE6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-4João SousaPOR
Match #19James DuckworthAUS5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)Lukáš KleinSVK
Match #20Karen KhachanovROC3-6, 6-1, 6-2Yoshihito NishiokaJPN
Match #21Ugo HumbertFRA7-6 (7-3), 6-1Pablo AndújarESP
Match #22Miomir KecmanovićSRB6-4, 6-2Kamil MajchrzakPOL
Match #23Frances TiafoeUSA6-3, 6-2Gwon Sun-WuKOR
Match #24Stefanos TsitsipasGRE6-3, 3-6, 6-3Philipp KohlschreiberGER
Match #25Pablo Carreño BustaESP7-5, 6-2Tennys SandgrenUSA
Match #26Marin ČilićCRO6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 7-6 (9-7)João MenezesBRA
Match #27Dominik KoepferGER3-6, 6-3, 7-5Facundo BagnisARG
Match #28Max PurcellAUS6-4, 7-6 (7-2)Félix Auger-AliassimeCAN
Match #29Fabio FogniniITA6-4, 6-3Yuichi SugitaJPN
Match #30Yahor HerasimauBLR4-6, 6-3, 6-4Gilles SimonFRA
Match #31Sumit NagalIND6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 6-4Denis IstominUZB
Match #32Daniil MedvedevROC6-4, 7-6 (10-8)Aleksandr BublikKAZ

Round Two

Date26 – 27 July 2021
FormatWinners advanced to round three.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Match #1Novak ĐokovićSRB6-4, 6-3Jan-Lennard StruffGER
Match #2Alejandro Davidovich FokinaESP6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3John MillmanAUS
Match #3Illia IvashkaBLR6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-3Mikhail KukushkinKAZ
Match #4Kei NishikoriJPN7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 6-2Marcos GironUSA
Match #5Alexander ZverevGER6-2, 6-2Daniel Elahi GalánCOL
Match #6Nikoloz BasilashviliGEO6-4, 3-6, 6-4Lorenzo SonegoITA
Match #7Jérémy ChardyFRA7-5, 4-6, 6-3Aslan KaratsevROC
Match #8Liam BroadyGBR7-5, 3-6, 6-3Hubert HurkaczPOL
Match #9Diego SchwartzmanARG6-4, 7-5Tomáš MacháčCZE
Match #10Karen KhachanovROC7-5, 6-1James DuckworthAUS
Match #11Ugo HumbertFRA4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5Miomir KecmanovićSRB
Match #12Stefanos TsitsipasGRE6-3, 6-4Frances TiafoeUSA
Match #13Pablo Carreño BustaESP5-7, 6-4, 6-4Marin ČilićCRO
Match #14Dominik KoepferGER6-3, 6-0Max PurcellAUS
Match #15Fabio FogniniITA6-4, 7-6 (7-4)Yahor HerasimauBLR
Match #16Daniil MedvedevROC6-2, 6-1Sumit NagalIND

Round Three

Date28 July 2021
FormatWinners advanced to quarter-finals.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Match #128 JulNovak ĐokovićSRB6-3, 6-1Alejandro Davidovich FokinaESP
Match #228 JulKei NishikoriJPN7-6 (9-7), 6-0Illia IvashkaBLR
Match #328 JulAlexander ZverevGER6-4, 7-6 (7-5)Nikoloz BasilashviliGEO
Match #428 JulJérémy ChardyFRA7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 6-1Liam BroadyGBR
Match #528 JulKaren KhachanovROC6-1, 2-6, 6-1Diego SchwartzmanARG
Match #628 JulUgo HumbertFRA2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2Stefanos TsitsipasGRE
Match #728 JulPablo Carreño BustaESP7-6 (9-7), 6-3Dominik KoepferGER
Match #828 JulDaniil MedvedevROC6-2, 3-6, 6-2Fabio FogniniITA

Quarter-Finals

Date29 July 2021
FormatWinners advanced to semi-finals.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Match #129 JulNovak ĐokovićSRB6-2, 6-0Kei NishikoriJPN
Match #229 JulAlexander ZverevGER6-4, 6-1Jérémy ChardyFRA
Match #329 JulKaren KhachanovROC7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 6-3Ugo HumbertFRA
Match #429 JulPablo Carreño BustaESP6-2, 7-6 (7-5)Daniil MedvedevROC

Semi-Finals

Date30 July 2021
FormatWinners advanced to final round.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Match #130 JulAlexander ZverevGER1-6, 6-3, 6-1Novak ĐokovićSRB
Match #230 JulKaren KhachanovROC6-3, 6-3Pablo Carreño BustaESP

Final Round

Date31 July – 1 August 2021
MatchDate/TimeCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Match 1/201 AugAlexander ZverevGER6-3, 6-1Karen KhachanovROC
Match 3/431 JulPablo Carreño BustaESP6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 6-3Novak ĐokovićSRB