“The Hardwork is Paying Off”: Alexander Zverev Opens Up on Winning Gold at 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Published 08/05/2021, 3:13 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Medal Ceremony – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – August 1, 2021. Gold medallist Alexander Zverev of Germany celebrates on the podium REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov


The 2020 Tokyo Olympics had some of the most enthralling encounters to offer. In particular, the tennis event sent excited fans into a frenzy with one too many power-packed battles. The drama and entertainment were at an all-time high as the sport’s greatest marched on in their quest for gold. However, the all-important accolade could belong to only one warrior, and this time, it was destined for Alexander Zverev. The German put on a masterclass show to win his first Olympic gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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The 24-year-old played his best tennis as he beat Karen Khachanov in the finals of the Summer Games. Coming on the back of a memorable win against World No. 1, Novak Djokovic, the German was ready for anything that came his way. His heroics against the Serb have gained him a dozen more fans who were in awe of his masterclass display. Now back home now, he relived and reflected upon his historic moment, winning gold for Germany.

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“The greatest thing you can achieve”- Alexander Zverev

Undoubtedly, winning gold for your country at the iconic Olympic games is the most remarkable feat one can achieve. To do so, Alexander left no stone unturned. After returning home to Germany, he paid a visit to the astonishing Allianz Arena, home of German football. Amidst other football legends, he relived his emotions from Tokyo.

He said, “It is of course an amazing feeling. Winning gold at the Olympics is the greatest thing you can achieve in sport. All the hard work of the past few years is paying off.”

(Quotes have been translated)

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

He added, “I am a completely normal person. It’s nice to see that the other football legends here are also normal guys.” Despite Alexander Zverev’s incredible performance in the final, his triumphant win in the semis is surely the most talked about.

Beating the unstoppable Novak Djokovic and ending his chances of a Golden Slam was the stuff they make dreams of. However, for the German youngster, it was as real as it could be.

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Toppling the World No. 1 who was playing in the form of his life was far from easy. In fact, early on in the game, the ball was in Novak’s court, as Zverev was one set away from being knocked out. However, the German turned the game on its course. Now, Alexander’s brother revealed the secret to his brother’s epic comeback.

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

“He was actually down 1-6, 2-3 with Novak Djokovic serving and then he changed his wristbands from the bright pink or red whatever it is, to black and white. This is the German colour and I thought ‘now he’s going to turn it around.’ I guess the wristband was the secret in the end,” said his brother, Mischa Zverev.

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Zverev’s rather patriotic move may or may not have been the difference-maker. Regardless, his effort was duly credited with a well-deserved gold finish, etching his name in the history books of the sport.

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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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