World No. 5 Alexander Zverev couldn't hide his enormous happiness and excitement after winning gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics. Germany's Zverev saw off Russia's Karen Khachanov 6-3 6-1 in the Tokyo Olympics final.
"This is so much bigger than anything else in sports, especially in tennis - this is an incredible feeling me for me right now," Zverev said. "There is nothing better than this. 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." Zverev was down by a set and a break in his semifinal clash against Novak Djokovic but ended up winning in three sets. After winning the last two sets against Djokovic, Zverev handed a straight-set defeat to Khachanov.
"Those four sets were pretty decent," joked Zverev, batting back suggestions the comeback from a set down against Djokovic and straight-sets win over Khachanov, with their eight- and seven-game surges respectively, constituted some of the best tennis of his career.
"I could always hit the ball quite hard – this week it was going more into the court than not, I guess," he said, later adding: "All the tennis experts and ex-players, they always saw other guys being better than me.
I now have 16 tournaments wins, four Masters 1000 wins, the ATP Finals, and a gold medal."
Khachanov gave credit to Zverev
World No. 25 Khachanov admitted that Zverev was the better player in the final. "He played from the beginning to the end an unbelievable match," conceded the world No.
25. "I also played an outstanding match from my point of view, but he was just better today - all credit to him. For me, the Olympics stands alongside as the Grand Slams, that’s why I trained for this as soon as Wimbledon was over.
I was dreaming of gold, but I’ll give it a try at the next Olympics." Also, Zverev underlined the importance of the Olympics. "I think sport right now, in the world we are living in, is not only important, but necessary," Zverev insisted.
"I think it's necessary for people to have something to watch, something to cheer for, even if it's in front of the TV. I think the Olympics are very important to be happening right now - not only for Japan, but the whole world."