World Number 5 Alexander Zverev believes he is well equipped and knows how to get past the potential challenge of facing Novak Djokovic at the Tokyo Olympics.
‘I always see myself well prepared to challenge Novak’: Zverev
When asked if he was ready to face the trophy-laden Djokovic at Tokyo, the German replied, “I always see myself well prepared to challenge Novak. You need to lead the rallies to beat him.”
The 24-year-old German, however, has a losing record against Djokovic (as does every other player) with Djokovic winning 6 of the 8 encounters between the pair.
He will, however be looking to improve his second serve before going into the battle, as it has clearly been pointed out by tennis legends and fans too.
Djokovic looking to complete Career Golden Slam
The pair most recently met at the Australian Open, a match in which Novak emerged victorious on his way to becoming champion.
The Australian Open was his first Slam of the year and he now stands on the verge of achieving tennis immortality if he hadn’t already. Only Steffi Graf has won all 5 events (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, US Open and Olympics Gold) in the same calendar year.
He will also be looking to add himself to the 4-player club of those who have completed the Golden Slam in either a single year or over a career and equal his arch rival Rafael Nadal.
Djokovic will be automatic favourite for the men’s singles title, but Great Britain’s 2012 and 2016 gold medalist Andy Murray will be defending his title in Japan. The tennis event starts on the 24th of July and goes on till the 1st of August.