Alexander Zverev created a sensation by knocking out world number 1, Olympics favorite Novak Djokovic. The German wins 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 and deprives the Serbian of a possible golden Grand Slam, after his victories at the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon, and before the US Open. Zverev will face Karen Khachanov in the Olympic title final.
The tears of emotion that flowed down Zverev’s face at the end of the meeting bear witness to the feat achieved by the young German. Led a game to nothing after 37 minutes, he managed to turn the situation around against the world number 1 and favorite in Tokyo. More bite on his first serve and at the net, the fifth player in the world returned to a set everywhere.
Jostled, Novak Djokovic took a break in the locker room before resuming the meeting, but this time it was not enough. Zverev continued his momentum by converting 3 break points. Much less effective, Novak Djokovic missed his four opportunities to take the service of his opponent. He conceded eight consecutive games before pocketing just one of his face-offs in the last set.
With this elimination, Novak Djokovic sees his dreams of a golden Grand Slam soar. After his victories at the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon, he aimed for Olympic gold before setting out to conquer the US Open in New York. He will therefore not join Steffi Graff, the only player in the history of tennis to have won the four major tournaments and Olympic gold in the same year (1988).
After the game Alexander Zverev tried to console his opponent: “I told Novak he is the greatest player of all time. I am 99% sure he will win the most. Grand Slams, the most Masters 1000. I know he was playing for history, for the Golden Grand Slam. I’m sorry but … We can’t win everything “.
The Serbian can still aim for gold in Tokyo, in mixed doubles, alongside Nina Stojanovic. The Serbian pair are scheduled to play in their semi-final on Friday, July 30, against Russians Aslan Karatsev and Elena Vesnina. And the “Djoker” can still get on the podium in singles if he beats Spaniard Pablo Carreno-Busta in the small final for bronze.
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