It may be a surprise but no. Both Karen Khachanov and Alexander Zverev worked hard with their respective teams to secure a medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
Although the “flashes” go with the German, who reported no less than Novak Djokovic, what the Russian did does not detract from his merits and much less will he conform to the final.
Khachanov’s 6-3 double to Pablo Carreño speaks for itself. The Spanish will have to fight no less than against the number one in the world for the Bronze.
Zverev, meanwhile, managed to avoid a 1-6, 2-3 deficit with a break down in the second. He came back forcefully to a Djokovic who ended up apathetic and without arguments: 1-6, 6-3 and 6-1.
The record marks a 2-2 in which no faces have been seen for exactly two years. The first two victories of Sascha (Saint Petersburg 2016 and Roland Garros 2018) collided with the next two of the representative of the Russian Olympic Committee (Masters 1000 of Paris 2018 and that of Canada 2019).