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Olympic gold: Zverev completely dissolved - but he can't help but joke

2021-08-02T07:20:40.791Z

Alexander Zverev wins the historic Olympic victory in tennis singles against Karen Khachanov. At the award ceremony, he made goosebumps moments with a giant gesture.



Alexander Zverev wins the historic Olympic victory in tennis singles against Karen Khachanov.

At the award ceremony, he made goosebumps moments with a giant gesture.

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In the meantime, Alexander "Sascha" Zverev has commented on the greatest success of his career to date. “I can't compare that to anything,” said the 24-year-old, overwhelmed. “You can't achieve anything bigger in sport.” As cool as Zverev had previously clinched the fourth Olympic victory for “Team D” in Tokyo with great force and the heart of a champion, he was relaxed afterwards. “There are few people who are happier than me at the moment,” said the 24-year-old - and languished again with an amorous look at his medal. "I've got a gold thing around my neck - and it's not one of the 50 necklaces I usually wear," he joked.

The Olympic victory also meant so much to Zverev because, unlike on the Grand Slam stages of this world, he was not a lone fighter.

“I didn't play a single second for myself,” he said - but also for his teammates, for the German athletes in the Olympic Village, for all of Germany.

"There are few moments when I felt better," said Zverev.

Zverev brings historic Olympic gold for Germany - goose bumps moments in Tokyo

11:55 am:

The winners' podium is ready, the winners are coming. Bronze goes to Spain and Pablo Carreño Busta. The winner of the silver medal, Karen Chatschanow, can not really be happy after the clear defeat against Zverev. And then he comes, the German gold star: Alexander Zverev! He clenches his fist. At the national anthem he looks visibly moved at the sky of Tokyo. Then he brings the other two up to him - right at the top of the podium. What a gesture.

11:47 a.m.:

The first German tennis gold in 33 years!

Zverev's brother Mischa, who also commented on the game at

Eurosport

, gets emotional, falls around the commentator's neck and types something very, very quickly into his smartphone.

“I just sent him a gold medal emoji.

Now I'm waiting for him to call you back, ”says Mischa later and looks at his smart watch.

Alexander Zverev sinks to the ground.

Incredible scenes in Tokyo!

The man from Hamburg wins gold for Germany in the men's tennis singles!

No other German tennis player has succeeded in this yet.

A historic victory!

And Zverev finally has its big title!

5: 1 Zverev:

"If you don't enjoy tennis now, you will never enjoy it," says Zverev's brother Mischa at Eurosport.

The German doesn't manage to break the third break in this sentence.

Khachanov gets another one.

The next service game should work for Zverev, right?

5-0 Zverev:

The German starts the game with his second ace in this set.

Khachanov looks helpless.

Zverev gets the next game to zero.

Now, after just 25 minutes, only one thing is missing in the second set!

4-0 Zverev:

The first three games in the first set were a big mental step towards gold for Alexander Zverev.

He pulls Khachanov's teeth again and again and knows the better answer to many things.

And in the fourth game?

Another break!

The likely preliminary decision.

Gold is within your grasp.

3-0 Zverev:

Karen Chatschanow takes the lead at 30:15 when Zverev serves and sniffs the break, but the German stays cool.

3-0 in the second set!

Is it going really fast now?

2: 0 Zverev:

What's going on here?

Zverev gets the first break in the second set after a mistake by Karen Khachanov.

A very important step towards gold!

Zverev presses the "gold pedal".

He dominates the game now.

Second set: 1-0 Zverev:

In the second set things start well again for the hamburger.

The tennis Olympic final in the live ticker: Zverev very strong - "Sascha" gets the first set

6: 3 Zverev:

After an incredible return from Zverev, then a mistake of lightness, a broken racket, brave returns and a 40-to-40, the first set ball for Zverev.

Khachanov fends off him, but Zverev gets the second.

The first sentence goes to Germany!

5: 3 Zverev:

After seven games, new balls come onto the pitch.

The hamburger serves well and closes just as well.

The 5: 3 - the next important step towards winning the set.

4: 3 Zverev:

Zverev hits the ball out, Karen Khachanov screams!

The Russian gets through his service game - albeit a bit bumpy - and stays at it.

Now Zverev hits.

4: 2 Zverev:

Even if a lot can still happen.

But: It looks good for the German tennis ace.

Zverev continues to be brave, shows calm and manages his service game despite intermittent problems and a break chance for Chatschanow.

That was important!

3: 2 Zverev:

Karen Chatschanow stays tuned.

With an ace out, the Russian decides the fifth game in this final for himself.

3: 1 Zverev:

The hamburger plays ripped off first minutes and pushes the Russian into a passive role.

"It's still not going to be relaxed today," says Zverev's brother Mischa at the microphone.

Olympic final in tennis: Zverev against Chatschanow - first exclamation mark of the German

2: 1 Zverev:

Zverev is courageous and aggressive even when the opponent serves.

The Hamburger takes the initiative and forces Chatschanow to make mistakes.

First break for Zverev!

1: 1:

Five minutes have been played.

Zverev makes his first service game sovereign and equalizes.

An encouraging start to the grand finale.

1: 0 Chatschanow:

The number 25 in the world starts confidently against Alexander Zverev.

The Russian Karen Khachanov wins the first game.

It's finally starting!

10:11 am:

The stars of today's tennis day at the Olympics stand on the blue in Ariake Tennis Park Tokyo and prepare for the grand finale.

Zverev seems focused.

It starts any moment.

09:55:

In the Ariake Tennis Park, after the final in the women's doubles, the award ceremony takes place.

The Czech women climb the podium.

We expect Zverev's individual final - the German tennis highlight of the Olympic Games in Tokyo - to begin around 10 a.m.

09:40:

The women's doubles are out.

Gold for the Czechs Kateřina Siniaková and Barbora Krejčíková.

Nothing stands in the way of Zverev's final, it can start at any moment in the Ariake Tennis Park in Tokyo.

“It's going to be a big day,” says his brother Mischa at

Eurosport

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Zverev - Chatschanow: How to follow the Olympic tennis final on TV and live stream

Update from August 1, 9:33 a.m.:

The tennis final at Olympia 2021 will be broadcast on free TV on ZDF.

In addition, the free TV channel Eurosport1 shows Zverev's finals.

The game can be seen in the live stream in the ARD and ZDF media libraries, as well as in Joyn's free area.

With a DAZN subscription you have access to the Eurosport1 program.

Update from August 1st, 9.10 a.m.:

The women's double final is currently still running in the Ariake Tennis Park.

The Czechs Kateřina Siniaková and Barbora Krejčíková play against the Swiss Viktorija Golubic and Belinda Bencic for gold.

The first set went to the duo from the Czech Republic, who are also dominant in the second set.

Tennis: Zverev meets Khachanov in the Olympic final - "Now bring home gold"

First report:

Tokyo - Alexander Zverev * wants to enter himself in the tennis history books.

The German number one will meet Karen Khachanov in the final of the tennis tournament of the Olympic Games * on Sunday, August 1st from around 9:30 a.m.CET.

The 24-year-old Zverev is a clear favorite against the Russian and would be the first German individual Olympic champion in tennis if successful.

In the semifinals, Zverev sensationally defeated the Serbian world number one Novak Djokovic with 1: 6, 6: 3 and 6: 1 * and was the first German tennis player in men's singles since Tommy Haas to reach the Olympic final 21 years ago.

Tennis icon Boris Becker praised Zverev as a “devil guy”.

“Only then is there a problem: You have to play another game.

You have silver for sure, now bring home gold for Germany, ”said Becker at

Eurosport

.

(jo, SID)

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Source: merkur

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