World No. 5 Alexander Zverev has explained what a player needs to do in order to beat Novak Djokovic and he believes he could beat the Serb at the Tokyo Olympics. Zverev, the top-ranked German tennis player, is set to make his Olympic debut in Tokyo.
Zverev has had some success against Djokovic but the Serb leads their head-to-head 6-2. However, Zverev beat Djokovic in the 2017 Rome Masters final and in the 2018 Nitto ATP Finals, respectively. "To defeat a player like Djokovic you have to do things that very few players can do.
You have to outrun Nole and dominate him. I see myself as someone who may have a chance to beat him. If you play like him, you will lose. You have to play at a high level and hope that he is not successful that day. I think that the best players always have that pressure.
It is always positive to feel that way. If you get good results in tournaments of this type, you know 100% that you are one one of the best tennis players of the moment," Zverev told Sportschau.
Zverev wants to win a medal
After suffering a disappointing round-of-16 exit at Wimbledon, Zverev is determined to make a deep run at the Tokyo Olympics.
"I have already said repeatedly that I am going to Tokyo to compete for a medal for Germany. That does not mean at all that I am going to win, but it is true that I see myself as one of the favorites to win it all," Zverev underlined.
Djokovic, who won his sixth Wimbledon title after beating Matteo Berrettini in the final, has never won a gold medal at the Olympics. It's a well-known thing that Djokovic is determined to win his maiden gold medal in Tokyo.
“Although some players from the top are not coming, there are also a lot of elite players fighting for medals: (Daniil) Medvedev, (Stefanos) Tsitsipas and (Alex) Zverev are among the favourites. They are the best, but it is a long tournament and anything can happen.
“Furthermore, Olympics are specific in terms of pressure, expectations and emotions – everything is different compared to other tournaments and I know that very well, I felt it on my own skin in the past. Therefore, I will try to approach the Olympics in the same way that I approach other tournaments, so that I can stay focused on my goal”.