Alexander Zverev: Winning Grand Slam and becoming No. 1 two huge goals



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Alexander Zverev: Winning Grand Slam and becoming No. 1 two huge goals

World No. 4 Alexander Zverev has acknowledged that winning a Grand Slam and becoming a world No. 1 are two huge goals for him. Zverev, 24, fell just short of winning his maiden Grand Slam at last year's US Open. Back then, Zverev blew a two-set lead in the final against Dominic Thiem.

In his collection, Thiem owns several Masters titles, a Nitto ATP Finals title and an Olympic gold medal. "I have two huge goals ahead of me. Those are [winning] the Grand Slams of course, and becoming world No. 1," Zverev noted.

Winning gold medal was absolutely huge for Zverev

"Even if I hadn't won another match and only the gold medal [this year], it would have been the best year of my life," Zverev revealed. After beating Karen Khachanov in the Tokyo Olympics final, Zverev said there was nothing bigger than winning a gold medal.

"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." "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.

Zverev was down by a set and a break in the Tokyo Olympics semifinal against Novak Djokovic. Zverev produced a comeback win over Djokovic and then handed a straight-set defeat to Khachanov in te final. "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."