Tokyo Olympics – Tennis: Germany’s Alexander Zverev clinches gold in men’s singles, beats ROC’s Karen Khachanov in straight sets

Tokyo Olympics - Tennis: Germany's Alexander Zverev clinches gold in men's singles, beats ROC's Karen Khachanov in straight sets
Tokyo Olympics - Tennis: Germany's Alexander Zverev clinches gold in men's singles, beats ROC's Karen Khachanov in straight sets

Tokyo Olympics – Tennis: Germany’s Alexander Zverev clinches gold in men’s singles, beats ROC’s Karen Khachanov in straight sets – German tennis has a new Olympic gold medallist after Alexander Zverev claimed the nation’s first men’s singles triumph at the Games with victory over ROC’s Karen Khachanov.

The world No. 5 Alexander Zverev backed up his stunning victory over top seed Novak Djokovic with a clear-eyed, near-flawless display in the final, prevailing 6-3, 6-1 to join Seoul 1988 singles champion Graf and Barcelona 1992 doubles gold medallists Borris Becker and Stich in the honour roll of German Olympic champions.

Tokyo Olympics – Tennis: Karen Khachanov simply could not find a way to hurt the 24-year-old, who twinned rifled flat groundstrokes with canny defence and a brilliant serving display to steamroll his way through eight of the last nine games to claim the biggest title of his career, sealing victory with a serve-volley after one hour, 19 minutes before collapsing to the court.

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Alexander Zverev was dominant in all departments, firing 22 winners – including six aces – while confining Khachanov to just seven, and winning a dozen points at net from his 14 forays forward, where time and again he followed up a measured first volley with a feather-finishing-touch.

Tokyo Olympics – Tennis: With the sun setting behind the western stand of the cavernous Centre Court at Ariake Tennis Centre as the match began, clustered supporters from the Germany and ROC delegations made themselves heard from the first ball. Both players delivered assured holds in their opening service games, but Alexander Zverev was soon pressuring Khachanov’s delivery, returning with interest to break for a 2-1 lead.

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Tokyo Olympics – Tennis: Karen Khachanov had a fleeting chance to level up in the sixth game, but once that chance had passed, Alexander Zverev was untouchable. From 4-3 he claimed the next seven games in succession, holding to love to move within touching distance of the podium at 5-0 in the second set. Khachanov stopped the streak to pull one game back, but it was a brief reprieve, the German sealing victory with an unreturnable drive volley after one hour, 19 minutes before collapsing to the court in celebration.

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