Germany's Mischa Zverev absolutely believes that world No. 1 Novak Djokovic will bounce back from his Tokyo Olympics disappointment. Djokovic, a record 20-time Grand Slam champion, was up by a set and a break in the semifinal but Alexander Zverev created a stunning comeback to win 1-6 6-3 6-1.
"Novak is simply amazing, he is an incredible athlete, he is an incredible, great champion, because he is able to make up for two sets of minuses and reach the title at the Grand Slam tournaments," Zverev said on Eurosport, as quoted on Sport Klub.
"He is simply invincible when he plays long and difficult matches. When he sets a goal, he usually reaches it. His goal this year was to win the Golden Slam, so that Sascha's victory gained incredible weight. I have no dilemma that Novak will recover, that he will be ready for the US Open, that he is capable of winning a new trophy at a Grand Slam tournament."
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"Right now, I can tell you that winning a gold medal at the Olympics could be compared to making No. 1 on the ATP list or winning any Grand Slam tournament.
In case he reaches the throne, that would definitely be the biggest success in his career so far. The Olympic Games are played once every four years. It is an amazing feeling because you know that the whole country, all sports fans behind you, want your victory.
It creates a sense of responsibility that is difficult to describe in words, and thus, in case of victory, it creates a feeling of incredible pride. For Sascha, these are the first Olympic Games, he reached the final, he stopped Novak, he has the opportunity to reach the throne," Mischa said.
Mischa likes his brother's chances against Karen Khachanov in the Tokyo Olympics final. "Karen Khachanov is a great player and it will not be easy to reach gold medal. So far, Sascha and Karen have played four times, and the score is tied.
Khachanov has a powerful serve, an extremely strong forehand, he has the courage and determination to play decisively and without stress, when points on the coupon are important. However, I think that Sascha has more self-confidence at the moment, that he looks great on the field, and that he has the role of the favorite in the grand final," Mischa explained.