‘Novak Djokovic’s level is attainable’, says Top 5

Alexander Zverev made a further qualitative leap in 2021, confirming that he has what it takes to become the next number 1 in the world. The German’s season took place during the Tokyo Olympics, in which he had the satisfaction of beating Novak Djokovic. The Serbian champion was chasing the gold medal in singles and no one seemed to be able to worry him. Back by a set and a break in the semifinals, Sascha did not give up and managed to complete a formidable comeback. Alexander then took gold by beating Karen Khachanov at the end of a one-way final. After clinching the Cincinnati Masters 1000, Zverev once again faced Djokovic in the semifinals at the US Open. The 34-year-old from Belgrade prevailed in five sets, but the two gave birth to a memorable show. The Teutonic took his revenge at the ATP Finals, preventing Nole from ending his year in style. A Zverev in a state of grace bent Daniil Medvedev in the final and graduated ‘master’ for the second time (repeating the triumph of 2018). In the course of a long interview with Sky Sports, the number 3 ATP analyzed the most significant moments of the season of him.

Zverev on beating Novak Djokovic

“In the last six months it has been Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev and I who have dominated and I believe that we will follow that trend throughout the following season. I have gained a lot of confidence with what I have achieved this season, the greatest improvement I have made was mentally,” said Zverev. Zverev also threw light on his remarkable 2021 tennis season and revealed that he gained a lot of confidence after it. He spoke about beating Djokovic at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics in the semifinals to deny the Serb a Golden Slam. “I feel much more relaxed on the track and willing to show everyone what I am capable of. Beating Djokovic in Tokyo and Turin has made me feel invincible,” added the World No. 3 player. He hopes that both his dreams come true simultaneously at the 2022 Australian Open. “I reached objectives when things were worse. If at the end of the day you do not believe in yourself, who will? There are two things I haven’t achieved yet. Win Grand Slam and become world number one. I hope all this is already happening in Australia,”┬ámentioned┬áZverev. Coming to tennis, Federer and Nadal were on the sidelines for most of the season. On the other hand, Djokovic won three Grand Slam titles this season. At the moment, all three are tied on 20 Grand Slam titles each. It will be interesting to see how they perform in the upcoming season.

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