Olympics MS Gold Medal Match - Alexander Zverev (Germany) vs Karen Khachanov (ROC)

Who wins the Gold Medal?


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egrorian

Rookie
Everyone grows up watching the Olympics. Not everyone grows up watching tennis slams. Olympic Gold is bigger than a slam. Look at Monica Puig. That did so much more for Puerto Rico than say Ostapenko winning the French Open. Olympic Gold is just everything.
Maybe for minnows. I can't place OG even close to a GS title. Who cares now that Massu won, or Rosset? Today, it doesn't seem a particularly major feather in Kafelnikov's cap.
 
Clearly the best player in the tournament. Has put himself there. He is winning winning 7,8,9, 10 games in a row AT WILL! Devastating performance
I’m pleased Djokovic lost to the champion. Was the case in 2008 and 2012 too. Yep this will be the launch pad he needs I feel. It changed Andy Murray for the better and I feel it will have a positive impact on Zverev too.
 

Bubcay

Hall of Fame
Sascha haters just all vomited.:sick:
I just can't get why people 'hate' a player. I LOVE tennis, and can't be happier when people play like this as it is such joy to watch. All this animosity on the board between the big 3 clans is so very sad. Support whoever you like, but no need for insults. We are so lucky having been privileged to enjoy super high level of tennis for so long.
 

Johnny505

Semi-Pro
Melo must be so happy, he can now book their vacation for the off season with Sasha and spend some quality alone time together
 

Mainad

Bionic Poster
Fun Factoid:

Murray and Zverev are the only active players to win both the WTF and the OSGM (historically that includes Agassi as well).

:cool:
 

BeatlesFan

Bionic Poster
Wow, an Olympic gold medal men’s singles match with only 3 pages. To put this into context, when Fed played his first match in Doha this year, the match thread was 51 pages. For a second round match in a 250!
 

TennisFan3

G.O.A.T.
Same position: Zverev will NEVER win a slam. His game can get hot in a best of 3. But he's never sustained his level in a slam for 7 best of 5 matches.

He's been in this position before so many times with famous best of 3 wins. But he never follows up with anything at the slam level where it matters. Tragically, Zverev has already peaked even at his youngish age.

Novak in slams is a different animal. Zverev has shown zero capacity to be able to deal with that.
 
Same position: Zverev will NEVER win a slam. His game can get hot in a best of 3. But he's never sustained his level in a slam for 7 best of 5 matches.

He's been in this position before so many times with famous best of 3 wins. But he never follows up with anything at the slam level where it matters. Tragically, Zverev has already peaked even at his youngish age.

Novak in slams is a different animal. Zverev has shown zero capacity to be able to deal with that.
We will see bro. I think we need to give credit to Zverev performance here and not keep knocking him down. He may be ready to step up in a slam now. One of these next gen players will soon.
 

Hyde

Rookie
Same position: Zverev will NEVER win a slam. His game can get hot in a best of 3. But he's never sustained his level in a slam for 7 best of 5 matches.

He's been in this position before so many times with famous best of 3 wins. But he never follows up with anything at the slam level where it matters. Tragically, Zverev has already peaked even at his youngish age.

Novak in slams is a different animal. Zverev has shown zero capacity to be able to deal with that.
there was a time when people critizised that Zverev couldn‘t go deep at slams. Now he regularly reaches the later stages of slams (semifinals and finals). He developed. So why shouldn’t he be able to make the next step and winning grand slam events? After all, he is 24 and not some 30 year old finished player.
 
there was a time when people critizised that Zverev couldn‘t go deep at slams. Now he regularly reaches the later stages of slams (semifinals and finals). He developed. So why shouldn’t he be able to make the next step and winning grand slam events? After all, he is 24 and not some 30 year old finished player.
I agree. I think he will surprise a few people in New York. This might be his moment. He’s playing well, likes hard courts and this olympic gold could give him the belief. He’s always had a powerful game and big weapons and serve.

His main rivals are all question marks too. Tsitsipas is a bit mentally fried after RG. Meddy is going through a funk. Djoko has hit a wall and is pretty physically and mentally exhausted right now. Nadal is also a question mark on hard courts and which he has the game, stamina and serve to win it now. Thiem is injured and out of shape and matches. Fed is too old and worn out body now.

If we factor all that in I think Zverev has a shot. He got to the final last year and was a whisker from the title so it’s not that crazy to think he can win this time.
 

swordtennis

G.O.A.T.
I agree. I think he will surprise a few people in New York. This might be his moment. He’s playing well, likes hard courts and this olympic gold could give him the belief. He’s always had a powerful game and big weapons and serve.

His main rivals are all question marks too. Tsitsipas is a bit mentally fried after RG. Meddy is going through a funk. Djoko has hit a wall and is pretty physically and mentally exhausted right now. Nadal is also a question mark on hard courts and which he has the game, stamina and serve to win it now. Thiem is injured and out of shape and matches. Fed is too old and worn out body now.

If we factor all that in I think Zverev has a shot. He got to the final last year and was a whisker from the title so it’s not that crazy to think he can win this time.
When on song Zvee has serious firepower!
The brain in 5 setters needs fixin now!
 
It is unreal how brutal Djokovic is in 5 setters.
Just can chill and bust the moves pace maker installed.
I actually am going to give some credit to all the youngsters for doing as well as they have against the 3 amigos in 5 setters!
But thats just me!
Yeah it just shows you have good Djokovic has been in 5 sets to keep them at bay. The gap is narrowing though and I think Zverev and likes of Medvedev/Tsitsipas aren’t far away from the next step:

A new slam winner again in New York won’t surprise me but of course you can’t count out Djokovic or Nadal. They won’t give up and will make things still tough for the next gen to get their hands on the trophy.
 

TennisFan3

G.O.A.T.
there was a time when people critizised that Zverev couldn‘t go deep at slams. Now he regularly reaches the later stages of slams (semifinals and finals). He developed. So why shouldn’t he be able to make the next step and winning grand slam events? After all, he is 24 and not some 30 year old finished player.
He is a MENTAL MIDGET. He has never shown the capacity to deal with pressure at slam level. A future multi slam winner does NOT choke like a little girl and can't even get his second serve over the net. Not to mention UFEs.
The thing with mental strength is you either have it or you do not. Zverev is clearly in the latter camp.
He may get luck and huff and puff his way to maybe 1 slam in the next 4-5 years. But he will NEVER be a multislam winner or a dominant #1. Great player, he ain't.
 

TennisFan3

G.O.A.T.
Yeah it just shows you have good Djokovic has been in 5 sets to keep them at bay. The gap is narrowing though and I think Zverev and likes of Medvedev/Tsitsipas aren’t far away from the next step:.
Disagree slightly bro. A next gen slam winner will probably come from the future gen - Shapo/Sinner/FAA.
The current next gen are mental midgets. They have also been damaged beyond repair by Novak. They are mentally broken.

Med: Peaked in 2019. Not the same player since. His serve is no longer what it used to be. Lacks offense in general and fades away vs a red hot player.
Titspas: Crappy ROS. In a funk after F.O. Will NEVER be good on faster surfaces such as grass or fast hard.
Thiem: Peaked physically and mentally in 2020. Might be done for the near future or forever.
Zverev: Known headcase. Can not sustain his level at slams for 7 matches.

None of these guys look like multi slam winner. In NYC as well - you won't see any of them winning.
 
Disagree slightly bro. A next gen slam winner will probably come from the future gen - Shapo/Sinner/FAA.
The current next gen are mental midgets. They have also been damaged beyond repair by Novak. They are mentally broken.

Med: Peaked in 2019. Not the same player since. His serve is no longer what it used to be. Lacks offense in general and fades away vs a red hot player.
Titspas: Crappy ROS. In a funk after F.O. Will NEVER be good on faster surfaces such as grass or fast hard.
Thiem: Peaked physically and mentally in 2020. Might be done for the near future or forever.
Zverev: Known headcase. Can not sustain his level at slams for 7 matches.

None of these guys look like multi slam winner. In NYC as well - you won't see any of them winning.
We will put I see a new winner is likely at this us open. We can’t write off Nadal yet either. Let’s see them play on the lead up events too. The draw will be crucial
 
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