Alexander Zverev says the is ‘nothing better’ than winning an Olympics gold medal after he heat Karen Khachanov in the final.
Zverev became the first German man to ever win Olympics gold in the singles competition as he powered to a 6-3, 6-1 success.
The title adds to an impressive collection of honours for the 24-year-oldm who has now won the biggest best-of-three tournaments in tennis.
“This is so much bigger than anything else in sports, especially in tennis – this is an incredible feeling me for me right now,” Zverev told ITF Tennis.
“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 able to hit a devastating spell of form at exactly the right time in the tournament, dominating the last two sets against Novak Djokovic in the semi-final and then the first two in the final.
“Those four sets were pretty decent,” he said. “I could always hit the ball quite hard – this week it was going more into the court than not, I guess.
“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.”
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