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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”, only once previously achieved, 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 wn the first set 6-1, but list the next two 3-6, 1-6. Karen Khachanov of the ROC beat Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta, conqueror if Medvedev in the other semi.

Novak 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.

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