World No. 4 Alexander Zverev has admitted that claiming a win over Novak Djokovic at the Tokyo Olympics in such a fashion meant really a lot to him and brough him a ton of confidence. Zverev, a former world No. 3, was on the verge of suffering a straight-set defeat in the Tokyo Olympics semifinal before he miraculously recovered to stun the world No.
1. Djokovic had the control of the match as he was up by a set and a break over Zverev. However, Zverev refused to quit and he ended up claiming a 1-6 6-3 6-1 win over Djokovic. Zverev then beat Karen Khachanov in the final to win his maiden gold medal.
"Yeah, I mean, I talked about this a lot. I think the Novak match gave me a lot, because I was down and out basically from the match. Coming back against the World No. 1 the way I did and I won what, 10 out of 11 games, then after being a break down in the second set, that did give me something," Zverev admitted.
"I'm hoping to use it and continue using it here."
Zverev making progress at the US Open
After winning the Tokyo Olympics, Zverev made it all the way at the Cincinnati Masters. Now, Zverev has been through to the US Open quarterfinal following a 6-4 6-4 7-6 (7) win over Jannik Sinner.
Zverev is determined to leave New York with a maiden Grand Slam title under his belt. "Yeah, I think it was a pretty high-level match, to be honest. I think the winner and unforced error ratio was not like the other matches, not as good as the other matches, but it was also very difficult because both of us are playing extremely fast," Zverev said of beating Sinner.
"All in all I played one bad game in the third set and that almost cost me a set, and that shows how high I think both players were playing." Zverev will be fighting against Lloyd Harris for a place in the US Open semifinal.