“Nobody Should Be More Respected Than.. “: Alexander Zverev’s GOAT Comments on Novak Djokovic

Published 11/21/2021, 1:00 AM EST
BELGRADE, SERBIA – JUNE 14: Novak Djokovic (L) of Serbia and Alexander Zverev (R) of Germany pose for a photo prior to the Adria Tour charity exhibition hosted by Novak Djokovic on June 14, 2020 in Belgrade, Serbia. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)


Alexander Zverev pulled off a sensational victory against Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals of the 2021 Nitto ATP Finals. In an enthralling contest, he completed outcast the Serb in a three-setter. In the post-match interview, the German praised the World No.1 despite defeating him.

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Alexander Zverev regards Novak Djokovic as GOAT

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For the second time in the year, the World No. 2, Alexander Zverev decoded Novak Djokovic’s master game. Both the players played at the highest level; however, Zverev was a bit better than the Serb.

It took 2 hours and 29 minutes for Zverev to triumph over Djokovic in front of a lively crowd. Hitting with more depth, World No. 3 won the pivotal points of the match. Moreover, he also denied Djokovic a crucial set point in the first set. Just after the match, in an interview, Zverev hailed the Serb.

Sep 10, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Alexander Zverev of Germany (R) congratulates Novak Djokovic of Serbia (L) after their match on day twelve of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

He said, “For me, there is nobody in the world that should be respected more than Novak, in my opinion. Where he came from, what he has achieved, he is the greatest player of all time, and I think people forget that sometimes. And I think that everybody should appreciate that, for once.”

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Zverev defeats Djokovic for the 2nd time this year

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Following his win over Djokovic in Turin, Zverev has now defeated the World No. 1 two times this year. Earlier this year, Zverev caused an upset at Tokyo Olympics 2020 after overcoming the Serb in the semi-finals. Coming from one set behind, the German kept his composure to crush Djokovic in 1-6, 6-3, 6-1.

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

It seems like Zverev has started to decipher the perfection of Novak Djokovic. However, at the Grand Slams this year, the World No. 1 triumphed the German on both occasions.

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Alexander Zverev will face Daniil Medvedev in the finals of 2021 Nitto ATP Finals. What do you think, will Zverev be able to crack Medvedev’s accuracy?

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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