Alexander Zverev: ‘I told Novak Djokovic he is the greatest player of all time’

Alexander Zverev says he believes Novak Djokovic is the ‘greatest player of all time’ after ending his hopes of a Golden Slam.

Djokovic was bidding for what would be a historic achievement of winning all four Grand Slams and an Olympic singles gold in the same year in Tokyo.

He has already won the Australian Open, French Open, and Wimbledon this year, but he lost out in the Olympics semi-finals to Djokovic.

Zverev’s 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 win ended what was a 22-match winning streak for Djokovic, and he was keen to pay tribute to the Serbian after the match.

“I told Novak he is the greatest player of all time,” Zverev revealed about what was said between the two players after the match.

“I am 99% sure that he will win the most Slams, the most Masters 1000s. I know he was playing for history, for the Golden Slam.

“I’m sorry but… We can’t win everything.”

Zverev will now face Karen Khachanov for gold while Djokovic plays Pablo Carreno Busta for the bronze medal.

Djokovic’s failure to win gold in Tokyo means Steffi Graf (1996) remains the only player to have ever won the Golden Slam.

Please follow Tennisbuzz on Twitter and Instagram, and you can like us on Facebook by clicking here.

For more exclusive content from Tennisbuzz, including news, features, trivia, promotions and more, please be sure to sign up for our newsletter below or via our home page.

Why not test your tennis knowledge by tackling one of our fiendish quizzes too?

 

Other News

‘We got through it!’ – Relentless Emma Raducanu wins historic US Open title

Emma Raducanu has completed her incredible US Open run to beat Leylah Fernandez in the final to win the tournament.The 18-year-old was already the...

‘Step by step’ – Novak Djokovic focused on Alexander Zverev, not calendar Grand Slam

Novak Djokovic is refusing to get ahead of himself after he kept his calendar Grand Slam hopes alive by beating Matteo Berrettini at the...

‘There are many similarities’ between Emma Raducanu and Novak Djokovic, says analyst

Teenage ace Emma Raducanu has 'many similarities' to world number one Novak Djokovic, says Mats Wilander.Raducanu will contest her first ever Grand Slam semi-final...

‘The knee is much better now’ – Juan Martin del Potro eying return to tennis

Juan Martin Del Potro says he will be ready to resume his tennis career at the start of next season 'if everything goes well.'Del...

COMMENT: Is 2021 the year Novak Djokovic left Roger Federer behind?

He has been stealing a march on his long-time rival since 2011, but 2021 is perhaps the year when Novak Djokovic has hurt Roger...

Goran Ivanisevic: ‘Novak Djokovic doesn’t crack under pressure, he says ‘bring it on”

Coach Goran Ivanisevic says Novak Djokovic is embracing the pressure of impending history, not cracking beneath it.Djokovic beat Jenson Brooksby in the fourth round...

Subscribe to our newsletter

Don't miss a thing from Tennisbuzz - get all the latest tennis news, exclusive content and competitions, and tennis trivia teasers all delivered to your inbox.

Related articles

Leave a reply

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here