German tennis star Alexander Zverev doesn't want to hear anyone downgrading his Tokyo Olympics gold medal because some players were missing. Rafael Nadal, ranked at No. 3 in the world, and Austrian tennis star Dominic Thiem were the biggest names to skip the Tokyo Olympics.
Recent Wimbledon runner-up Matteo Berrettini, rising stars Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime, also skipped Tokyo. "There was only one player missing. It was Nadal. All the others were there, we were four of the top-5 players.
That's why I think it's nonsense that many say some were missing. Nobody was missing. And winning the Olympics is probably the hardest tournament of all; it takes place every four years, everyone plays for the country, everyone is extremely emotional and motivated.
That's why I'm really proud of it," Zverev told reporters in Munich.
Zverev was absolutely thrilled after winning gold medal
In the Tokyo Olympics final, Zverev saw off Karen Khachanov 6-3 6-1.
"This is so much bigger than anything else in sports, especially in tennis - this is an incredible feeling me for me right now," Zverev said. "There is nothing better than this. You are not only playing for yourself, you are playing for your country, and the Olympics are the biggest sporting event in the world.
The feeling I have now, and will have, nothing will be better." After the final, Khachanov gave credit to Zverev as he admitted the German deserved victory. "He played from the beginning to the end an unbelievable match," conceded the world No.
25. "I also played an outstanding match from my point of view, but he was just better today - all credit to him. For me, the Olympics stands alongside as the Grand Slams, that’s why I trained for this as soon as Wimbledon was over. I was dreaming of gold, but I’ll give it a try at the next Olympics."