Alexander Zverev became the first German man and 2nd German ever to win an Olympic Singles Gold after he went on to defeat the Russian Olympic Committee’s Karen Khachanov in the Gold Medal match of the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Zverev won the finals 6-3, 6-1 in just 80 minutes to take the Gold medal home.
Zverev now is the 7th German tennis player to win an Olympic Gold and the first since Boris Becker and Michael Stich won the Gold in Men’s Doubles at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, ending a drought of 29 years for the country to win its first Olympics gold in the sport.
Zverev dropped a solitary set in the entire week at the Olympics, losing the first set against World No. 1 Novak Djokovic against whom he scripted one of the best comebacks of this year’s Olympics in the semi-finals. With this triumph, he becomes the first ‘NextGen’ player to win an Olympics gold and defeating Djokovic on the way surely makes this victory sweeter.
“This is the biggest tournament you can win, in any sport. I can’t believe it, I’m an Olympic gold medalist,” Zverev said after winning the Gold Medal on the Centre Court of the Ariake Tennis Center.
Alexander Zverev redeems himself with the Gold Medal
Zverev has so far won 16 career titles which include 7 ATP-250 tournaments, 3 ATP-500 tournaments, 4 ATP-1000 Masters tournaments and 1 year-end championship. The German was also the runner-up at the 2020 US Open losing in a thrilling 5-setter encounter against Austrian Dominic Thiem who after losing the first 2 sets came back to win the next 3.
With these tough losses, Zverev always talked about wanting to win the Grand Slam and nothing else and only titles matter to him and not any other finish. However, with this historic Gold Medal at the Olympics, he has definitely redeemed himself and justified his tag of Germany’s No. 1.
“All the tennis experts and ex-players, they always saw other guys being better than me. I now have 16 tournament wins, four Masters 1000 wins, the ATP Finals, and a gold medal,” added Zverev taking a jibe at all his critics who undermined his efforts over the years.
With the Hardcourt season beginning next week and the remainder of the season set to play on the same surface, Zverev will be more confident to win more titles after an amazing week here in Tokyo from where he will return as the only German tennis player with a medal and that too, the Gold medal.