‘After defeating Novak Djokovic in Tokyo, I feel I can beat anyone’


Alexander Zverev: 'After defeating Novak Djokovic in Tokyo, I feel I can beat anyone'

Alexander Zverev has been among the most in-form players since Wimbledon, winning 25 of the last 27 matches and claiming three titles alongside the US Open semi-final. Last week, Alexander claimed the 18th ATP title in Vienna, lifting the fifth trophy of the season from as many finals.

Speaking about his form following the semi-final victory over the young Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, Alexander stated that he could beat anyone after that notable triumph over Novak Djokovic at the Olympic Games. The German grabbed ten of the last 11 games to beat Novak 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 in two hours and three minutes, scoring the third victory over the Serb and the first after five straight losses.

Zverev lost serve thrice and scored five breaks from nine chances, stealing Novak’s serve four times in a row from the second set to erase a massive 6-1, 3-2 deficit and build the advantage. Alexander fired many winners from both wings and kept his composure while trailing to leave Djokovic behind in the second part of the clash.

Zverev won 13 points on the return in the opening set and reached numerous deuces but failed to take advantage of that. On the other hand, Novak broke him twice in a row to clinch it 6-1. In the second set’s fifth game, Alexander netted a volley to fall 6-1, 3-2 behind, drifting further away from a positive result.

Alexander Zverev came from a set and a break down against Novak Djokovic in Tokyo.

Suddenly, Novak got broken at love in the next one, and that game marked the beginning of his downfall. Zverev grabbed another break in game eight and held after a forehand winner at 5-3 to prolong the match and introduce a decider.

Carried by this momentum, Alexander broke Novak at the beginning of the third set and fended off four break chances in the next one to cement the lead. Zverev secured another break in the third game with a forehand winner and moved 5-1 up with a couple of good holds.

Returning in game seven, Alexander landed a backhand winner to earn another break and sail over the top, setting the gold medal clash against Karen Khachanov. “The Olympics was the key factor. The match against Novak Djokovic made me believe that I can win any tournament I play,” Alexander Zverev said.

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