There is a champion! Alexander Zverev beat Russian Karen Khachanov 6-3 6-1 in the Tokyo 2020 final and gave Germany the gold medal, l1st place in the men’s singles draw in Olympic Games history.
Thus, at 24 years old, Zverev equaled Steffi Graf, champion in Seoul 1988– With a gold medal per side, they are the only privileged German singles players to have won an Olympic game.
It should be remembered that It was in the Seoul edition that tennis returned, on a professional level, to be an Olympian, since after Paris 1924 he had been eliminated from the program.
In Tokyo, Sascha’s chances were remarkably increased when he ruined Novak Djokovic’s path in the semi-finals and prevented him from going for the Goldem Slam. From there, nothing could go wrong. And in that match, he lost the only set that he yielded in the entire tournament.
It is worth remembering that World No. 5 has already played three finals in 2021 and won all: ATP 500 from Acapulco, Masters 1000 from Madrid and now in Tokyo.
For its part, Khachanov won the silver medal for Russia, while the podium was completed by Spanish Pablo Carreño Busta, who beat Djokovic for third place and left him without a medal.
In this way, a new edition of Olympic tennis is closed, which left ten historical milestones and which kept the torch lit from beginning to end at a pure tennis level.