Germany’s Alexander Zverev was proud after he defeated Russian Olympic Committee’s Karen Khachanov by 6-1, 6-3 to create history. Zverev has become the first men’s German player to win Olympic Gold in the singles event. The lanky player took only 79 minutes to wrap up the match after taking an early lead of 3-1 in the opening set.
Zverev came up with a powerful performance as he was able to push the Russian on the backfoot. In fact, the German was coming into this match high on confidence after beating the World No.1 Novak Djokovic in three sets. Zverev stated that there was nothing better than this as he was representing his Country at the Games and made them proud of his achievement.
“There is nothing better than this,” Zverev told ITFtennis.com. “You are not only playing for yourself, you are playing for your country, and the Olympics are the biggest sporting event in the world. The feeling I have now, and will have, nothing will be better.”
In fact, Zverev played at the top of his game throughout the Tokyo Olympics as he lost a solitary set, which he dropped against Novak Djokovic in the semi-final contest.
On the other hand, Karen Khachanov lauded his opponent after bagging the Silver medal. The Russian added that Zverev played an unbelievable game throughout the two sets and deserved to win the prestigious medal.
“He played from the beginning to the end an unbelievable match,” Khachanov told ITFtennis.com. “I also played an outstanding match from my point of view, but he was just better today – all credit to him. I was dreaming of gold, but I’ll give it a try at the next Olympics.”
Zverev won 87% of his first serve points and smashed a total of 22 winners to write his name in the history books.