Alexander Zverev Wimbledon 2021

Alexander Zverev victory ends unwanted Olympic streak at 21 years

Alexander Zverev has reached the quarter-finals in Tokyo as a medal on his Olympic Games debut moves closer into view.

The towering German is the first player of his nation to reach the quarter-finals of the Olympics men’s singles since Tommy Haas claimed the silver medal back at Sydney 2000.

Zverev downed Georgian hopeful Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) in a little over an hour and a half on-court to set up a meeting with veteran Frenchman Jeremy Chardy for a place in the last four.

The world number five was clinical in the first, requiring just one break point chance at 4-5, 0-40 on the Basilashvili serve to seal it.

Similarly in the second, the 24-year-old needed just the single break chance to set up a 5-3 lead to serve out the match.

But Zverev, passed up three match points before surrendering the break, eventually sealing the match at the fifth time of asking in a tiebreak.

Having gone out of the doubles at the quarter-final stage with partner Jan-Lennard Struff, all of Zverev’s attention must now be on the individual tournament.