Zverev comeback strides towards gold
A set up with a 3-2 break lead on the scoreboard, it seemed to be following the script. World No.1 Novak Djokovic, chasing an elusive Olympics gold medal, appeared in cruise control.
22 straight match wins, including the Roland-Garros and Wimbledon trophies, pointed to the top seed soaring into the final.
No. 4 seed Alexander Zverev tore up the script and won 10 of the last 11 games to clinch an astonishing 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 turn around.
Considering the magnitude of the occasion and what Djokovic had on the line, it was a look of pure disbelief from the world No.5 after the handshake.
“It’s the biggest sporting event in the world and I beat a man who this year it seems impossible to beat at the big events. He’s the greatest player of all time and I’m sure he’ll undoubtedly be that even more in the future. I’m very happy right now. But there's still one match to go,” declared the 24-year-old, the first German man into the Olympics singles final since silver medallist Tommy Haas at Sydney 2000.
“Also, playing here, not only for myself, for my country, for everyone involved, everybody at home, everybody cheering us on here in the house. We’ve got an amazing group of athletes here. Bringing a medal back to our house here at campus and also back to Germany is one of the biggest achievements of my career.”