The 24-year-old defeated Russian Karen Khachanov 6-3 6-1 to become the first German man to win the Olympic gold medal.
German tennis ace Alexander Zverev beat Russian Karen Khachanov 6-3 6-1 to win the men’s gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
The 24-year-old was in top form on Sunday when he defeated Khachanov in 79 minutes to become the first German man to win the singles Olympic gold.
The world number five, who has yet to win a Grand Slam title, was flawless throughout and was given an early breather to come to a 3-1 lead in the first set. There were no signs of nerves as he broke Khachanov again and palmed the set when his opponent sent an easy volley at the German’s second set point.
Not even the loud protests of a handful of anti-Olympic protesters coming through the middle of a bullhorn could distract Zverev’s attention as he broke Khachanov again in the second set of the second set.
The German remains in full control and thunders the backhand winners past his opponent, who can only watch as he finishes with silver.
Zverev becomes only the second German to win Olympic singles gold, matching Steffi Graff’s performance at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
Germany also won Olympic gold in doubles with Boris Becker and Michael Stich at the 1992 Barcelona Games