“Our Relationship is Stronger Than Win or Defeat”: Novak Djokovic After Losing to Alexander Zverev

Published 11/21/2021, 6:31 AM EST
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


Alexander Zverev once again did the unthinkable and defeated Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals of the ATP Finals 2021. The German played some quite attacking shots and executed his gameplay brilliantly under pressure. The final scoreline of the match was 7(7)-6(4), 4-6, 6-3.

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Before this, Zverev also denied Djokovic his Golden Slam after defeating him in the semi-finals of the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Even though he lost to the Serbian legend in the semis of the US Open 2021 after a five-set marathon, he took his revenge in Turin.

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Novak Djokovic reveals that Alexander Zverev is one of his best friends on tour

In the post-match press conference, Djokovic disclosed that Zverev is one of his great friends on the ATP Tour. He also highlighted that whether he wins or loses against him, this relationship with him will remain healthy and intact forever.

“Sascha Zverev is one of my best friends. And our relationship is stronger than a win or a defeat,” said Djokovic in the press conference.

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Djokovic confident Zverev will go on to win a Grand Slam

In the same press conference, Djokovic claimed that he is pretty sure that Zverev will be a Grand Slam champion one day. So far, the German’s best record at the Grand Slams came at the US Open 2020, where he ended up as the runner-up after losing to Dominic Thiem in the finals.

Interestingly, that remains the only Grand Slam final in which he has featured to date.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia. Serbia’s Novak Djokovic with Germany’s Alexander Zverev after winning his quarter final match REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

“I’m sure Zverev will be a Grand Slam champion,” added the World No.1 player.

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Alexander Zverev will face World No.2 Daniil Medvedev in the finals of the ATP Finals 2021. The Russian has already defeated him once in the tournament and thus, will begin as the favorite before the match. Will Zverev be able to stop Medvedev from defending his title in Turin and end his 2021 season on a great high?

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 1000 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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