ATP Olympics: Alexander Zverev follows Nadal and Murray and wins gold medal

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ATP Olympics: Alexander Zverev follows Nadal and Murray and wins gold medal

At 24, Alexander Zverev has already achieved some pretty impressive things. The young German is a four-time Masters 1000 winner, the ATP Finals champion and a Major finalist, adding more glory to his name at the Tokyo Olympics.

Alexander defeated Novak Djokovic in the semi-final of the singles event from 6-1, 3-2 down and claimed the gold medal for his country, the first in german tennis since Steffi Graf in Seoul 1988! As it turned out, Zverev did the essential job in the semis, as he had no rival on the court in the title clash.

The German took down his friend Karen Khachanov 6-3, 6-1 in an hour and 19 minutes to secure the gold medal, having the upper hand from start to finish and earning his 16th ATP title and one of the most notable ones. It was their fifth meeting and the third victory for Alexander, the first after Roland Garros 2018.

Alexander Zverev claimed the first singles Olympic gold for Germany since 1988.

Serving well throughout the tournament, Zverev dropped 11 points behind the initial shot against Khachanov, fending off the only break chance offered to his opponent and securing half of the return points.

That gave him four breaks from eight opportunities and a clear edge on the court, as he dominated rallies to seal the deal in under 80 minutes. Both players served well in the opening two games to get their names on the scoreboard, and Alexander took charge with a smash winner in the third to open a 2-1 gap.

The German cemented the lead with a service winner in game four and fended off the first and only break chance at 3-2 to remain in front. Firing from all cylinders, Zverev held at 30 in game eight with an unreturned serve and clinched the opener when Khachanov sprayed a volley mistake in the next one.

At the beginning of the second set, the German held at love and opened a 6-3, 2-0 gap when Karen netted a forehand. Khachanov wasted game points at 0-3 and suffered a break following a lengthy exchange. Alexander closed the fifth game with a hold at love and sealed the deal at 5-1 to start a massive celebration.