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Alexander Zverev Wimbledon 2021

‘The best players were all at Olympics’, insists Alexander Zverev

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Olympic champion Alexander Zverev has defended the strength of the draw at the Tokyo Games, saying the best players “were all there”.

The 24-year-old identified world number three Rafael Nadal as “the only one who did not come” and pointed to the fact the Spaniard also missed Wimbledon.

Four other top 10 players – Dominic Thiem, Matteo Berrettini, Roger Federer and Denis Shapovalov – did not feature at the Games.

World number five Zverev defeated Karen Khachanov 6-3, 6-1 on Sunday to claim the gold medal in the men’s singles event in Tokyo.

He upset world number one and heavy favourite Novak Djokovic in a three-set semi-final – ending the Serbian’s 22-match winning streak.

“The best players have all come. The only one who did not come is the one who had not already come to Wimbledon – Rafa Nadal,” said the German in a press conference.

“Everyone else was there, everyone else played. It was one of the toughest tournaments of the season. Some players didn’t come, but a lot of players miss a lot of tournaments. The best were all there.”


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