Alexander Zverev Says Beating Novak Djokovic at Tokyo Olympics 2020 Was the ‘Most Emotional’ Part

Published 08/19/2021, 1:11 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Round 2 – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 26, 2021. Alexander Zverev of Germany in action during his second round match against Daniel Galan of Colombia REUTERS/Mike Segar


It’s been an enthralling season for tennis fans all around the globe, courtesy of back-to-back action-packed tournaments. However, as they find time to breathe amidst an eventful year, fans are taken back to yet another remarkable moment. With Olympic Gold medalist Alexander Zverev on the wheel, he reverses his ship back to Tokyo, reminiscing over the moment he beat Novak Djokovic at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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Alexander Zverev made world headlines at the Summer Olympic Games after he won gold in the men’s singles category. However, as he cruised into the finals, he defeated the once believed unstoppable, Novak Djokovic. Following the semi-final win, the world hailed Zverev’s unbelievable performance, even before he won the ultimate prize. Reliving his moment of magic, he explained what it was like to beat the world’s best.

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“Quite special to me”- Alexander Zverev

Novak touched down in Tokyo on the back of three Grand Slam titles. Hence, going forward, he was the undoubted favorite for Gold. However, when Zverev came back from behind to beat the Serbian maestro, it was a surreal sight.

Reflecting upon his triumphant win, he said, “The most emotional part was probably when I beat Novak and I secured a medal for Germany because I’m in the final. The worst thing that could happen is a silver. Obviously, I’m not somebody that wears a lot of silver, so I did want the gold.”

“But that was very emotional for me because he is the best player in the world. This year, undoubtedly, he’s won 3 grand slams, he’s incredible.”

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Semifinal – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 30, 2021. Alexander Zverev of Germany reacts after winning his semifinal match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia REUTERS/Mike Segar

Further, he added, “It seems like nobody can beat him in a big match, and you know after doing that in the way I did, because I was down a set and in the break as well, it did feel quite special to me.”

The golden boy returns

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Alexander’s heroics at the Summer Games will forever be remembered. Undoubtedly, he has etched his name in the history books of the sport. However, not satisfied with little, he sets out in his pursuit of greatness, featuring in Cincinnati at the Western and Southern Open. The World No. 5 began his campaign by beating Lloyd Harris in a dominant straight-set display.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Semifinal – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 30, 2021. Alexander Zverev of Germany in action during his semifinal match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia REUTERS/Mike Segar

Moving on, he faces Argentina’s Guido Pella in a round of 16 clash. Courtesy of his fine form this season, fans expect yet another authoritative display from the 24-year-old. However, will he keep up to his profound reputation or will he sink to pressure?

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Melroy Fernandes

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Melroy Joseph Fernandes is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. A Mass Media graduate, Melroy has been a content writer for the past 6 years, curating stories for several brands, starting from his own. At the age of 17, Melroy began his writing Journey with Team BIB, an event management company for everything Art and Entertainment.

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