“Going To Win Most Slams”: Alexander Zverev Claims Novak Djokovic As ‘GOAT’ After Olympics Victory

Published 07/30/2021, 6:29 AM EDT
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 was semifinal time at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 and we had a mouth-watering tie between Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev. However, there was a slight upset as the World No. 1 player suffered defeat and hindered his chance of winning his maiden Olympic gold medal.

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After winning the match, Alexander Zverev got emotional at the net while exchanging pleasantries with Novak Djokovic. He confessed to the Serb that he is one of the best players of all time and that he is sorry that he ended up on the losing side. Zverev stated, “You’re one of the greatest players of all time. I’m sorry for this.”

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
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During the match, Djokovic started brilliantly. Within a matter of time, he clinched the opening set. In fact, the Serb was up a break in the second set until Zverev raised his levels and broke right back in the next game. 

Things changed in the second set for Alexander Zverev

This was the turning point of the match. Soon after, the German broke him in the next game and served it out for the set, winning 6-3. In the following set, Zverev was gruesome as he was hitting winners easily past the Serbian wall. He broke Djokovic thrice during the final set, winning 6-1. 

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

After the match, Zverev added, “I told Novak he was the greatest player of all time. I’m 99% sure he’s going to win the most Grand Slams, the most Masters 1000. I know he was playing for history, for the Golden Slam I’m sorry but … We can’t win everything.”

(Quotes translated using Google translate)

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The German star will play against Russia’s Karen Khachanov on Sunday for the gold medal’s ultimate prize. It will be interesting to see who wins. 

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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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