Zverev stuns Djokovic to earn spot in men's singles Olympic final

Alexander Zverev, of Germany, reacts after defeating Jeremy Chardy, of France, in a quarterfinal men's tennis match at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Thursday, July 29, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

Germany's Alexander Zverev pulled off a legendary comeback to beat World No. 1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia and earn his place in the match for gold in the men's singles tennis event at the Tokyo Olympics.

Zverev beat Djokovic 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 on Friday and will now face Russian Karen Khachanov in the final.

Khachanov defeated Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3, 6-3 the Olympic semifinal to earn the first spot in the men's singles gold-medal match in Tokyo.

Zverev's comeback win marks the high point of his Olympic campaign, which had yet to see him drop a set before the matchup against Djokovic.

Khachanov's journey to an Olympic medal included a nail-biter quarterfinal against France's Ugo Humbert before the gritty win against Carreno Busta in the semis.

Djokovic will face Carreno Busta for the bronze medal.

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