Tokyo Olympics 2020 Final: Alexander Zverev vs Karen Khachanov Preview; Head-to-Head & Prediction

Published 07/30/2021, 10:21 AM EDT


As the curtain falls on the Tokyo Olympics 2020 tennis event, it comes down to Alexander Zverev and Karen Khachanov to fight for the ultimate, the gold medal. Both players are in this position for the first time in their respective careers. 

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Alexander Zverev vs Karen Khachanov: Preview

The big German star and the Russian talent have played one of their best tournaments this season. Alexander Zverev has gotten better as the tournament has progressed. 

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On the other hand, Karen Khachanov has been involved in some gruesome matches. However, the Russian has somehow managed a way to emerge victoriously, indicating how composed he is during the crunch situations. 

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Semifinal – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 30, 2021. Karen Khachanov of the Russian Olympic Committee reacts during his semifinal match against Pablo Carreno of Spain REUTERS/Mike Segar
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Zverev vs Khachanov: Head-to-Head

Both these supreme athletes have played against each other on four occasions. They have won two matches each. Zverev won the first couple of matches, the first on the hardcourt at St. Petersburg and the second was on the clay courts at Roland Garros. 

However, the last two matches have gone in the Russian’s favor. Both those matches were played on the hardcourts and seeing the scoreline, one can understand how one-sided those matches were. 

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

Zverev vs Khachanov: Prediction

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Although both players have reached the finals, it will be Zverev who will be high on confidence. After knocking the man in form and World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, one cannot rule out considering the German as the favorite. 

He was down a set and break in the second, but somehow he managed to raise his level and caused one of the upsets of the season, denying the Serb a golden slam. However, one cannot rule of the Russian’s strengths and he can prove heavy for the German to deal with. 

Prediction: Alexander Zverev to win in three sets. 

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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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