Alexander Zverev said he got ‘goosebumps’ when he was introduced as an Olympic gold medallist in Cincinnati.
Zverev was playing his first match beating Karen Khachanov in the gold medal match in Tokyo earlier this month.
It was a very successful return to court too, with the German beating the very dangerous South African Lloyd Harris in straight sets.
However, before the match his recent Olympics success was referenced by the court announcer, and he admits it took him unawares.
“When I came on court and they said Olympic gold medallist, it did give me goosebumps,” Zverev said.
“It made me a little nervous at the beginning of the match, I have to say because it is a special feeling.”
“I’m happy with how I am, I’m happy where I’m at and I’m happy to get my first win in seven years here.
“It’s obviously a great start to the week.”
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) August 18, 2021
Strangely, the win over Harris was his first ever in Cincinnati, with him losing all six of his previous matches at the event.
Zverev, the third seed, will now face Argentinian Guido Pella for a spot in the quarter-finals.
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