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Sunday, August 1, 2021

German Zverev wins first singles gold medal since Steffi Graf in 1988

Alexander Zverev easily beats Karen Khachanov 6-3, 6-1 to win first men's singles Gold for Germany at Tokyo2020.





 The fifth-ranked German overwhelmed Russian opponent Karan Khachanov 6-3, 6-1 on Sunday for the biggest title of his career. 

The 6-foot-6 (1.98-meter) Zverev controlled the match with his big serve and a confident two-handed backhand, never really giving the 25th-ranked Khachanov a chance. 


Zverev’s previous best performance was reaching the final of last year’s U.S. Open, where he wasted a two-set lead in a five-set loss to Dominic Thiem.


 Zverev joined Steffi Graf as the only Germans to win gold in singles, with Graf having won in 1988 when she achieved the Golden Slam by winning all four Grand Slam titles and the Olympics in the same year. 



Djokovic also had a chance at the Golden Slam — until his loss to Zverev.

   —   Alexander Zverev followed up his comeback win over Novak Djokovic by winning the gold medal in tennis at the Tokyo Olympics.




 More AP Olympics: https://apnews.com/hub/2020-tokyo-olympics and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports




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