The 24-year-old defeated Russian Karen Khachanov 6-3 6-1 to become the first German to win Olympic gold singles.
German tennis ace Alexander Zverev defeated Russia’s Karen Khachanov 6-3 6-1 to win the men’s singles gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
The 24-year-old was furious on Sunday when he defeated Khachanov in 79 minutes to become the first German man to win Olympic gold singles.
The world number five, who has yet to win a Grand Slam title, was impeccable throughout and took a first break to cross to a 3-1 lead in the first set. There was no sign of any nerve when he broke Khachanov again and sacked the set when his opponent sent an easy volley wide over the German’s second set point.
Not even the strong protests of a handful of anti-Olympic protesters, which erupted on the central court through a meghore, could distract Zverev as he broke Khachanov again in the second game of the second set.
The German remained in complete control, triumphant winners from behind past his opponent who could only watch as he settled for the silver.
Zverev became only the second German to win gold in the Olympic singles, corresponding to Steffi Graff’s success at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
Germany also won Olympic gold in doubles with Boris Becker and Michael Stich at the 1992 Barcelona Games.