“I Was the First Person To Beat Him”: Alexander Zverev Confident on Beating Novak Djokovic at US Open 2021

Published 08/31/2021, 6:44 PM 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


German tennis player Alexander Zverev has been in the headlines off late for winning the Gold medal in Tokyo. During the event, he managed to beat World No. 1 Novak Djokovic. To beat the Serb was something difficult to do this season. 

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Reflecting on beating Novak Djokovic, Alexander Zverev took privilege in revealing that he was the only man who managed to beat the Serbian ace this season. At the same time, the German maintains that Djokovic is the favorite to win the final Grand Slam of the season, the US Open.

Aug 21, 2021; Mason, OH, USA; Alexander Zverev (GER) waits for Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE not pictured) to come back to the court after the first set of their semifinal match against during the Western and Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

The 24-year-old spoke on this and stated, “The same level because if a guy wins three Majors in the same year and then is at the US Open, you have to give him the favorite card. Because if not now, then when? He’s won, three Majors. To be honest, I think was the first person to beat him on a hard court or grass court this season, and I was also the first person to beat him at a very, very big event this year.”

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Alexander Zverev had his best run at Roland Garros 

Reflecting on Zverev’s performances this season, he made it to the quarterfinal before going down to the eventual winner, Novak Djokovic. After that, at the French Open, he played a brilliant tournament until he came across Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semifinal. 

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

At the Wimbledon Championships, he performed below his usual standards and lost in the fourth round. Following that, he achieved the greatest milestone of his career by winning the Gold medal and knocking the World No. 1 Serbian star who has been phenomenal this season. 

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At the moment, Alexander is competing at the US Open. We wish him the very best for the upcoming matches and for the rest of the season. 

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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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