World No. 5 Alexander Zverev has admitted that his next goal is to win a maiden Grand Slam title. Zverev, 24, captured his first gold medal on Sunday after demolishing Karen Khachanov 6-3 6-1 in the Tokyo Olympics final. At the of age of 24, Zverev is already one of the mostt accomplished players on the Tour.
Zverev also has four Masters titles in his collection and the 2018 Nitto ATP Finals title. Zverev was extremely close to winning his maiden Grand Slam title at last year's US Open but he blew a two-set lead against Dominic Thiem in the final.
When asked, which Grand Slam he'd prefer to win, Zverev said: "Hopefully all of them."
Asked which GS he'd prefer, he said: "Hopefully all of them." Müller, Hummels, Nowitzki, Marc/Pau Gasol congratulated him on #Gold. pic.twitter.com/BOU6iNq04g — Oliver | Tennis (@insidetennis99) August 2, 2021
Zverev out of the Toronto Masters
Zverev now plans to take a bit of a rest as he will try to enter the US Open fresh.
After winning gold medal, Zverev said: "This is so much bigger than anything else in sports, especially in tennis - this is an incredible feeling me for me right now.
#Zverev told reporters that he won't play @NBOtoronto as he initially planned. He plans to take 1-2 weeks off to enjoy this special moment. But he'll definitely play the US Open. — Oliver | Tennis (@insidetennis99) August 2, 2021
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 won the last four sets at the Tokyo Olympics as he recovered from a set down in the semifinal against Novak Djokovic and then beat Khachanov in straight sets. "Those four sets were pretty decent," joked Zverev, batting back suggestions the comeback from a set down against Djokovic and straight-sets win over Khachanov, with their eight- and seven-game surges respectively, constituted some of the best tennis of his career.
"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."