German tennis player Alexander Zverev claimed the gold medal in the men’s individual category at the Tokyo Olympic Games on Sunday, after beating Russian Karen Khachanov by two sets to zero (6-3, 6-1) in one hour and 19 minutes.
The German, the first Olympic champion of his country in this sport, he took the first set after breaking the service twice to the Muscovite, who could only save one of the three “break” points he faced in the 50 minutes that the first set lasted.
Things did not start any better for Khachanov in the second set. Zverev won his first serve comfortably 40-0 and broke the Russian tennis player’s first serve on the game’s third break point to lead the set at 2-0. He confirmed his advantage by defending his serve again.
The German was quick in his reactions and knew how to return powerful shipments from the Russian to the opposite side of the track or strain a balloon that left Khachanov without the possibility of reacting. He lost his second serve on the second break point and was impressed by how Zverev’s overwhelming serve helped him win his serve.
With a 5-0 on the scoreboard, the Muscovite had few options to return to the game and when in his next serve the score was placed 30 equal, he threw a ball against the various stands, which a nearby photographer flew over, before closing the service and add your first game of the set.
Zverev only had to defend his next serve, not without resistance from Khachanov, who got to put the score at 30-30 but gave him the set and with it the match and the gold medal after sending his return against the net, as already it happened in the match the day before between Pablo Carreño and Novak Djokovic.
Zverev registered in the match, played on the central court of the Ariake Tennis Park, a higher percentage of points won on the net, which played tricks on Khachanov, and placed several points parallel to the corridor that unleashed the applause of the members of the Olympic family who came to watch the match on the last tennis day of the Games.