Yesterday (Sunday), Alexander Zverev became the first German man to win a singles gold medal in Olympic tennis with a victory against Karen Khachanov. This final came after Zverev’s upset of world number one, Novak Djokovic, on Friday. Zverev has now joined his countrywoman, Steffi Graf, as a singles champion. To this day, Graf remains the only tennis player to win the golden grand slam of all four major titles and Olympic gold in one year, having done so in 1988.
Zverev is a part of the new generation of tennis players, players who are trying to break the dominance of Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer at the grand slam tournaments. In the fight for the gold, Zverev has been a cut above, winning 6-3, 6-1 against Khachanov, who represented the Russian Olympic Committee. Zverev collapsed to his knees on the court at the end as he celebrated the biggest moment of his career so far. The world’s number five broke serve for the first time to lead 2-1 in the opening set and always looked in control, with the second set a masterclass.