‘I see myself as always having a chance to beat Djokovic’, asserts Zverev

Alexander Zverev has spoken of the need to “be able to do things that not many other players can do” to defeat world number one Novak Djokovic.

The German revealed he sees himself “as someone who always has a chance” against the Serbian ahead of the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Djokovic is heavy favourite to win the Olympic gold medal – having won the Australian Open, French Open, and Wimbledon titles this year.

World number five Zverev will be seeded fourth at the Games – where the tennis event will start on Saturday July 24.

“You have to be able to do things that not many other players can do. You have to run with him and you have to be able to overpower him,” Zverev said in an interview with Sportschau.

“I see myself as someone who always has a chance against him. If you play like him, you will lose. You have to play classes better than him.

“I think the best players always have such pressure. It’s always very positive to feel something like this. Then you know that you are one of the best.”

The pair have met on eight occasions, with Djokovic winning six times – including the last five.

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