“Seen Other Guys Better Than Me”: Alexander Zverev Hits Out at Critics After Success at Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 08/02/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Gold medal match – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – August 1, 2021. Alexander Zverev of Germany reacts during his gold medal match against Karen Khachanov of the Russian Olympic Committee REUTERS/Edgar Su


German talent Alexander Zverev is on cloud nine after his recent success at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Over the years, the 24-year-old player has made constant progress, winning tournaments on a regular basis. However, his biggest accomplishment was on Sunday when he claimed the gold medal. 

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After his Olympic stint, Alexander Zverev spoke on various topics. However, the one subject that stood out was when he spoke about the criticism he has received in recent times. In the past, people have not spoken as highly of the German player as compared to the praises Daniil Medvedev or Stefanos Tsitsipas receive.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Gold medal match – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – August 1, 2021. Alexander Zverev of Germany reacts during his gold medal match against Karen Khachanov of the Russian Olympic Committee REUTERS/Mike Segar

To this, Zverev hit back and stated, “All tennis watchers and former players, they’ve always seen other guys be better than me. The point is, I won 16 titles, 4 Masters 1000, the London Masters, and the Olympic gold medal. So they can say whatever they want.”

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Alexander Zverev has performed well as the season has progressed

Reflecting on Zverev’s season so far, he began his journey at the Australian Open but fell short in the quarterfinal against eventual champion Novak Djokovic. After that, he was the finalist at the Mexico Open but lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas. 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 13: (L-R) Dominic Thiem of Austria shakes hands with Alexander Zverev of Germany after winning their Men’s Singles final match on Day Fourteen of the 2020 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 13, 2020 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Zverev had a decent clay season. He beat players like Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem in order to lift the ATP Madrid Mutua Open. At the French Open, he lost in the semifinal to Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas. At the Wimbledon Championships, he performed below par as he crashed out in the fourth round to Canada’s Felix Auger Aliassime. 

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However, after winning the gold medal in Tokyo, Zverev will be high on confidence and can end the season on a high during the US Open Series. He was also the finalist at the US Open last year. 

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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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