German tennis star Alexander Zverev says he and Novak Djokovic may be big rivals on the court but after their match is over they will hug each other and go their separate ways. Zverev, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No.
3 in the world, has had many big battles against Djokovic. Not only that Zverev has played Djokovic many times on the big stage, he has also beaten the Serb on the biggest stage several times. "Me and Novak Djokovic, obviously we are two of the top three players in the world.
We know that we can go out on the court and try to beat each other for four or five hours like we did in New York," Zverev said. "After the match, we’ll hug each other and everything will be fine, because that’s the kind of relationship that you need.
If you can’t separate the two, it’s very difficult to have a relationship on the Tour."
Zverev the reason why Djokovic doesn't have a gold medal
Djokovic came to the Tokyo Olympics as the absolute favorite for the gold medal but Zverev also wanted to win his first gold.
Djokovic made the Tokyo Olympics semifinal without a dropped set and he was up by a set and a break against Zverev in the semifinal. Zverev then pulled off a stunning comeback to beat Djokovic in three sets and prevent the Serb's 22-match winning streak at the time.
After beating Djokovic, Zverev defeated Karen Khachanov in the final to win his first gold medal. "It was emotional for both of us. I knew that I had secured a medal for Germany, which was a dream come true. I was playing Novak [Djokovic], who had barely lost a match that year and who, up until that moment, had won all three Grand Slams. When I won, everything kind of came out of me. I started crying; I was very emotional," Zverev told Haute Living.
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