Germany's Alexander Zverev insisted "there is nothing better" after winning the Tokyo Olympics. Zverev, ranked at No. 5 in the world, demolished Russia's Karen Khachanov 6-3 6-1 to win his first gold medal.
Zverev broke Khachanov twice in the first set to win the opener. Zverev was even more dominant in the second set, having broken Khachanov three times to book a straight-set win. "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, per the ITF website.
"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."
Zverev was down by a set and a break in the semifinal, before storming back to win the match in three sets.
Zverev finished the tournament on a run of four consecutive sets won
"Those four sets were pretty decent," joked Zverev.
"I could always hit the ball quite hard – this week it was going more into the court than not, I guess," he said, later adding: "All the tennis experts and ex-players, they always saw other guys being better than me.
I now have 16 tournaments wins, four Masters 1000 wins, the ATP Finals, and a gold medal." Zverev insisted that the world now needs sport during these difficult times. "I think sport right now, in the world we are living in, is not only important, but necessary," Zverev insisted.
"I think it's necessary for people to have something to watch, something to cheer for, even if it's in front of the TV. I think the Olympics are very important to be happening right now - not only for Japan, but the whole world."