Alexander Zverev: “The Match Against Novak Djokovic Made Me Believe That I Can Win Any Tournament I Can Play”


Alexander Zverev and Novak Djokovic
Alexander Zverev and Novak Djokovic

World No.4 Alexander Zverev has had a wonderful season. He has won four titles this year, including the Tokyo Olympics gold medal. Notably, his Vienna Open finals result is still uncertain. However, the 24-year-old revealed his victory against Novak Djokovic at the Olympics that made him believe he can win any tournament he can play.

German outlasted Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz in straight sets(6-3, 6-3) to reach his fifth final of the season at the Vienna Open 2021. 

“I finally found my rhythm from the baseline because I was really struggling. I didn’t feel the ball well and I spent some time on the court after the match yesterday and warmed up for an hour and a half before the match today and I finally got it,” Zverev said in the post-match interview. 

Alexander Zverev vs Frances Tiafoe: Head-To-Head 

Amid colossal anticipation, the No.2 seed Zverev will face American Frances Tiafoe in the championship match on the indoor hard court at the Erste Bank Open 2021. 

This will be the seventh meeting between them. Zverev leads Tiafoe 5-1 in their head-to-head series. In the last encounter, the German stunned the American without losing a set(6-3, 6-2) at the 2019 Beijing Open 2021.   

Zverev further added, “I am happy with how things are going and hopefully I can get another win tomorrow. The Olympics was the key factor. The match against Novak Djokovic made me believe that I can win any tournament I can play.”

At Tokyo Olympic Games 2020, Alexander Zverev stunned World No.1 Novak Djokovic after a set down(1-6, 6-3, 6-1) before entering the gold medal match.

Most importantly, qualifier Frances Tiafoe upset No.1 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, No.7 seed Jannik Sinner and No.8 Diego Schwartzman before reaching his first final of the season in Vienna. 

“It is huge (to be in the final). I have played some great tennis all week and now I want to win the tournament,” Tiafoe said after the semifinal clash against Sinner.

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