Alexander Sverev arrives at the Olympic tennis final. Germany defeated world number one Novak Djokovic in the semifinals after a stellar performance of 1: 6, 6: 3 and 6: 1. In the gold medal match, Sverev meets Russian Karen Kachano 6: 3, 6: 3 in his semifinal victory over Spaniard Pablo Carreno Pusta. Winning the Olympics will be the biggest success of Sverev’s life.
The Serbs went on to become the most favorite of the tournament, this season he has already won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon, in a few weeks he can only crown the third player to win the US Open, and all four can win Grand-Slam tournaments in one season. With the gold medal in Tokyo, he would also have had a Golden Slam chance; Only Steffi Graf won a Grand Slam and an Olympic title in 1988 in one year.
“It’s one of the most emotional victories of my life. I’m now winning a medal for Germany. Team. In the end it’s the biggest sporting event in the world. I’m glad to be in the finals now. “
Sverev had already shown strong tennis against Djokovic in the first set, but he made several mistakes in decisive circumstances. After 37 minutes and two breaks against him, the set was lost. But on that day the German felt that Djokovic should be beaten. Sverev could have relied on his service and returned accurately and smoothly while serving his opponent.
With each passing minute, Sverev became stronger, even though he did not take advantage of the opportunities presented to him. The disappointment was profound accordingly: at first Sverev stabbed his cheek on the court, after Djokovic’s break 3-2 he threw a ball to the top of the table, but the match seemed to be over – but then Sverev began his sensational comeback. He won eight games in a row, and at every point he was more confident – Djokovic did not look helpless for long. 45 minutes later he equalized his second set ball.
Djokovic then wanted to leave the court and gather new strength, but Sverev managed the first break in the decisive set in the first game. Djokovic, on the other hand, was annoyed at the sight and roared loudly from his frustration. This is no longer enough to turn the second Power Ball Swerve final into a perfect one.