German tennis star Alexander Zverev says he and Novak Djokovic may be great rivals on the court, but after their match they will hug each other and go their separate ways. Zverev, who is at the highest ranking of his career, the world number 3, has had many important battles against Djokovic.
Not only has Zverev played Djokovic many times on the big stage, but 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 we can go out there and try to beat each other for four or five hours, like we did in New York," Zverev said.
"After the game, we'll hug each other and everything will be fine, because that's the kind of relationship you need. If you can't separate the two things, it's very difficult to have a relationship on Tour."
Zverev the reason why Djokovic does not have a gold medal Djokovic entered the Tokyo Olympics as the absolute favorite for the gold medal, but Zverev also wanted to win his first gold. Djokovic reached the semifinal of the Tokyo Olympics without dropping a set and was up by a set and a break against Zverev in the semifinal.
Zverev then pulled off an impressive comeback to beat Djokovic in straight sets and snap 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 he had secured a medal for Germany, which was a dream come true."
Djokovic may be one of the best tennis players of all time
Former tennis player and analyst Alex Corretja believes replacing former coach Marian Vajda is a very important decision for Novak Djokovic.
The two-time Roland Garros finalist also reckons the great Serb will play for at least another three to four years. "Definitely, Novak will need to find someone that is going to be the extension of his hand because that was pretty much what Marian was doing," Corretja said.
"Marian knows exactly how to react and knows exactly how to deal with the key moments because he knows him very well. Maybe when a new one [coach] comes and goes like, 'no, don't do this' or 'don't do that' or 'just calm down' or whatever, it may be that it irritates Novak.
So, I think he really needs to know exactly what he wants for the next profile of coach to find someone that helps him," he continued. "Because otherwise, he is going to be comparing them with Marian all the time, and that can be a little bit tricky.
I think Novak has still got three, four more years to play at least so it will be very interesting to see who he picks because it is a very important decision."