August 1st, 2021… The tallest (both players ~197 cm) Olympic final so far, quite unexpected because it seemed obvious that from the top half of the draw Djokovic  should have played the Gold Medal match, in the bottom half of the draw it’d be much easier to pick either Medvedev or Tsitsipas – Khachanov  didn’t need to face neither of them – he defeated players (Humbert & Carreno) who had beaten the bottom half favorites. The first Olympic final played “the best of three” in the event which was supposed to be held a year before, but it didn’t happen due to Covid-19.
Zverev  began the match full of confidence after a stunning semifinal win over Djokovic # and didn’t give any chance to his one year older opponent who had won their previous two meetings (Zverev grabbed the first two encounters). The best rally of the match occurred as Zverev had a break point at 3:0 in the 2nd set. He converted his first match point with his lone serve-and-volley action to force an error with his drive-volley, then celebrated on his knees. The second German-Russian final at the Olympics, this time a reverse outcome than “20” years ago.
Zverev’s route to his 16th title:
1 Yen-Hsen Lu (TPE) 6-1, 6-3
2 E.D.Galan (COL) 6-2, 6-2
3 Nikolaz Basilashvili (GEO) 6-4, 7-6(5)
Q Jeremy Chardy (FRA) 6-4, 6-1
S Novak Djokovic (SRB) 1-6, 6-3, 6-1
W Karen Khachanov (RUS) 6-3, 6-1
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