Alexander Zverev recounts time he felt Novak Djokovic's dominance was threatened



by DZEVAD MESIC

Alexander Zverev recounts time he felt Novak Djokovic's dominance was threatened
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Alexander Zverev says Novak Djokovic is "on top of the game" and revealed he thought in 2021 that he and Daniil Medvedev were getting closer to dethroning the Serb. At 36, Djokovic is still winning the biggest tournaments in the world and sitting at the world No 1 ranking.

This year, Djokovic enjoyed one of the most successful seasons of his career. Following Djokovic's dominant 2023 season, Zverev acknowledges that the Serb is still the one in charge. “He is on top of the game,” Zverev told Sky Germany.

Zverev on the time he felt he and Medvedev were getting closer to Djokovic

In 2021, Zverev defeated Djokovic en route to winning the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics and also claimed the ATP Finals title later that year.

On the other side, Medvedev beat Djokovic in the 2021 US Open final to lift his first Grand Slam title. It was during that period that Zverev felt he and Medvedev were inching closer to dethroning the Serb. "Novak dominated, but I had the feeling that Medvedev and I were getting a little closer.

Of the big tournaments after Wimbledon, I won the Olympics and the Word Tour Finals and Daniil won the US Open. It got closer. In 2022, Medvedev injured his back and I injured my foot. Then of course the whole thing opens up. There were many opportunities for young people like Carlos Alcaraz and Casper Ruud.

We started, then the people who started to make it were slowed down by injuries. Then he comes back and wins everything," Zverev said. This year, Zverev made a successful comeback to tennis after missing the entire second part of the 2022 season due to several torn ankle ligaments.

Zverev didn't win a Grand Slam title this year but he won two ATP titles and returned to the top-10 in the world. Also, Zverev made the ATP Finals this year, where he went 2-1 in the group stage but still didn't seal a semifinal ticket. Next year, Zverev will try to accomplish his goals of winning his first Major and reaching the world No 1 ranking.

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