German ace, Alexander Zverev has been in fine form this year and continues to be a threat at major events. He even believes that he has a chance to beat World No. 1, Novak Djokovic. The German has enjoyed two wins against the Serb in the past.
The two players have a chance to meet at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, starting on Friday. However, Djokovic’s superb form this year has made him a mortal god on the court.
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Chance to beat Djokovic: Alexander Zverev
It is always the dream of young players to beat the older and more experienced players. Zverev, 24, is also one such player who has expressed such a desire in an interview with Sportschau. The German has been in fine form this year as well, winning two titles at Madrid and Acapulco.
“To defeat a player like Djokovic you have to do things that very few players can do. You have to outrun Nole and dominate him. I see myself as someone who may have a chance to beat him. If you play like him, you will lose. You have to play at a high level and hope that he is not successful that day,” said Zverev.
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Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 3, 2021 Germany’s Alexander Zverev reacts during his third round match against Taylor Fritz of the U.S. REUTERS/Paul Childs
Zverev vs Djokovic: Head-to-head
Zverev is not completely new to the Nole challenge in the circuit. Djokovic enjoys a 6-2 record against the World No. 5; however, Zverev cannot be counted as a soft opponent.
Zverev enjoys two wins against Djokovic, one in 2017 and the other in 2018. He won both matches without dropping a set, both being the finals of ATP tournaments. The two wins resulted in Zverev winning the Nitto ATP Finals in Great Britain and the ATP Masters 1000 in Rome.
However, the last five meetings between the players have all gone in favor of the World No.1. The Serb has been dominating the sport for the past two years, as a result of which no one has been able to stop him.
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning his final match against Italy’s Matteo Berrettini Pool via REUTERS/David Gray
There is no doubt that upsets can take place any time during a match; however, it seems unlikely for Zverev to stop Djokovic at this moment. The World No. 1 will be a fan favorite in Tokyo as well as for the US Open in August. It will take more than just strong words for the younger players to get past Djokovic.