Serbian tennis superstar Novak Djokovic admitted he suffered a tough ending to the Tokyo Olympics but is now hoping to get his revenge over Alexander Zverev.
Djokovic, ranked at No. 1 in the world, was up by a set and a break in the Tokyo Olympics semifinal before Zverev stormed back to win in three sets
Djokovic and Zverev are now set to meet in the US Open semifinal.
“Look, the Olympic Games have been tough ending for me emotionally. But I did dominate the tournament to semifinals. I was 6-1, 3-2 against Zverev, who was also playing very well. Just I played great, great tennis. Then unfortunately game fell apart. It happens,” Djokovic said.
“I just started to doubt my shots a bit. He started to read my serve well. He has a tremendous serve. He got a lot of free points on his service games. Next thing you know he won it. He won it comfortably in the end. Deserved to win a gold medal obviously with the way he was playing. He hasn’t lost a match since.”
Djokovic ready for a tough battle
After winning gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics, Zverev made it all the way at the Cincinnati Masters.
Zverev is currently on a 16-match won streak.
“He’s in a fantastic form. Next to Medvedev, best form. But it’s best-of-five. It’s Grand Slam. Of course looking at his results in past few years, he’s played very well here on this court. He was a couple points away from his first slam last year against Dominic,” Djokovic noted.
“I know it’s going to be battle, even harder than it was today. But I’m ready for it. Look, these are the hurdles that I need to overcome in order to get to the desired destination. Result is something that I can’t predict, but I can definitely put myself in the best possible state of mind and body to perform as well as I can.
“I know his game. As I said, I know his game very well. I’ve seen him play. He’s been playing very, very well. Again, semis. When we face each other, there’s nerves, a lot of things on the line. It could go both ways. I think very few points will really determine the winner there. Let’s see what happens.”