Alexander Zverev Makes Rare Record Yet To Be Achieved by Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic at Tokyo Olympics

Published 08/01/2021, 5:44 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Gold medal match – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – August 1, 2021. Alexander Zverev of Germany reacts during his gold medal match against Karen Khachanov of the Russian Olympic Committee REUTERS/Edgar Su


As the Tokyo Olympics 2020 comes to an end, we had German tennis player Alexander Zverev take on Russian athlete Karen Khachanov in the final. Both players were in this position for the first time and had a brilliant opportunity to win their first gold medal. In the end, the German emerged on top, winning the match 6-3 6-1. 

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Set 1: Alexander Zverev is too clinical for the big Russian 

As the match began, Karen Khachanov served in the opening game. However, in his next service game, he was broken by Alexander Zverev.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Gold medal match – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – August 1, 2021. Alexander Zverev of Germany in action during his gold medal match against Karen Khachanov of the Russian Olympic Committee REUTERS/Edgar Su

The German star came with a clear intention of winning the match and was playing some high-quality tennis. He eventually broke Khachanov again to seal the set 6-3 in his favor, which lasted for 44 minutes. During the set, Zverev hit winners in many instances. 

Set 2: Karen Khachanov is no match for the German 

In the following set, the German talent continued where he left from. The same intensity and dedication were noticed in this set too. 

At the same time, Khachanov was unable to cope with the accuracy of his opponent. He was broken in his very first service game of the set. 

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Gold medal match – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – August 1, 2021. Karen Khachanov of the Russian Olympic Committee reacts during his gold medal match against Alexander Zverev of Germany REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

To make matters worse for the Russian, Zverev broke him for the second time in his following service game. Within a matter of minutes, the German raced to a 5-0 lead. Eventually, Zverev won the set 6-1 in 37 minutes. 

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With this win, Zverev will be heading towards the US Open high on confidence. After being the finalist last season, he will surely look forward to going one step further. It will be interesting to see how he performs.

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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