‘Hard Work Pays Off’: Alexander Zverev Opens Up With Gold Win at Tokyo 2020 Olympics

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics had some of the most exciting fixtures to offer. In particular, the tennis event sent excited fans into a frenzy with too many powerful battles. Drama and entertainment were at an all time high as sport’s greats continued their quest for gold. However, the capital distinction could only belong to one warrior, and this time it was for Alexander Zverev. The German staged a masterclass show to win his first Olympic gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.


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The 24-year-old played his best tennis, beating Karen Khachanov in the Summer Games final. After a memorable victory against world No.1 Novak Djokovic, the German was ready for anything. His exploits against the Serbian earned him a dozen more fans who were in awe of his masterclass demonstration. Now back home, he relived and reflected on his historic moment, winning gold for Germany.


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“The greatest thing you can accomplish” – Alexander Zverev

Without a doubt, winning gold for your country at the iconic Olympic Games is the most remarkable feat that can be accomplished. To do this, Alexandre spared no effort. After returning to Germany, he paid a visit to the astonishing Allianz Arena, home of German football. Amidst other football legends, he relived his Tokyo emotions.

It noted, “Of course it’s an incredible feeling. Winning gold at the Olympics is the greatest thing you can accomplish in sports. All the hard work of the past few years is paying off. “

(Quotes have been translated)

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Semi-Final – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 30, 2021. Alexander Zverev of Germany in action during his semi-final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia REUTERS / Mike Segar

He added, “I am a very normal person. It’s nice to see that the other football legends here are normal guys too. Despite Alexander Zverev’s incredible performance in the final, his triumphant semi-final victory is surely the most talked about.

Beating the unstoppable Novak Djokovic and ending his Golden Slam chances was what they dreamed of. However, for the young German, it was as real as it gets.

The big secret


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To overthrow the world No.1 who was playing in the form of his life was far from easy. In fact, at the start of the match, the ball was in Novak’s court, as Zverev was one set away from being eliminated. However, the German turned the game on its course. Now Alexander’s brother has revealed the secret of his brother’s epic return.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Round 2 – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 26, 2021. Alexander Zverev of Germany in action during his second round match against Daniel Galan of Colombia REUTERS / Mike Segar

“He was actually down 1-6, 2-3 with Novak Djokovic on serve, and then he changed his bracelets from hot pink or red, whatever it was, to black and white. It’s the German color and I thought “now he’s going to be a game changer”. I guess the bracelet was the secret in the end ”, noted his brother, Mischa Zverev.


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Zverev’s rather patriotic decision may or may not have made a difference. Regardless, his efforts were duly credited with a well-deserved gold medal, marking his name in the sports history books.

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