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Alexander Zverev powers into Olympics semi-final to face Novak Djokovic

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Alexander Zverev has reached the semi-finals in Tokyo as a medal on his Olympic Games debut moved even closer.

The 24-year-old is the first German to reach the semi-finals of the Olympics men’s singles since Tommy Haas won the silver medal back at Sydney 2000.

Zverev defeated Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-4 6-1 in one hour and seven minutes to set up a mouth-watering clash against world number one Novak Djokovic in the final four.

This is Zverev’s first event since his disappointing quarter-final defeat to Felix Auger-Aliassime at Wimbledon.

The world number five was clinical in the first set, securing the break on his first opportunity to lead 2-1 before serving out the opening set in style.

Similarly in the second, the 24-year-old needed just the single break chance to break for 2-1. Zverev served outstandingly well throughout, with Chardy unable to create a single break point during the match.

Zverev raced towards the semi-final and dominated the second set to win it 6-1 on his fifth match point.

The German will play Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in the final four.


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