Zverev Upsets Federer to Win Coupe Rogers in Montreal

by John on August 14, 2017

Alexander Zverev is #NextGen no more. For Sascha, the future is now. The 20-year-old German dealt elder statesman Roger Federer a thorough 6-3, 6-4 beatdown in the final of the Coupe Rogers in Montreal yesterday afternoon. Zverev, who evened his record against Federer at 2-2, has now won two Masters titles and five tournaments overall this year. He won at Marseille in February, Munich and Rome (Masters) in May, and Washington last week. The 6-foot-6 Zverev moved up one spot to No. 7 in the world in today’s updated ATP rankings and improved to 46-13 on the year. Federer lost for the first time in 17 matches, while dropping to 35-3 in 2017. Zverev pounded out six aces among his 20 winners, and was a powerhouse on serve as well as from the baseline. He won 80 percent of his first service points and 61 percent of his second, while dominating rallies from the back of the court. The young German saved all three of the break points he faced and won two of six against Federer’s serve. Both players move on to Cincinnati to play in the Western & Southern Open this week. “Winning two Masters 1000 titles in the same year is something amazing,” Zverev said. “I played well winning Washington and here. It’s something amazing, back-to-back weeks. I feel great. I feel like I’m playing some of the best tennis of my life. But Cincinnati is a very tough draw. I don’t know if I will be able to go far there because I am a little bit tired. But game-wise and confidence-wise, I’m super happy the way everything is standing.” Zverev came out with guns blazing and never let up. He forced a break point on Federer’s serve in the second game of the opening set and then broke the Swiss in his next service game. That was all he needed as he wrapped up the opener in 30 minutes. After holding serve to start the second set, Federer, looking to turn things around, amped up the pressure on Zverev’s serve in the following game. Zverev was up to the challenge, though, saving the three break points to squelch the rally and hold. The German captured his second break of the afternoon at 3-3 and never looked back. It was over when Federer sailed a return long on the first match point. A swift 68-minute affair. “It is a positive week in the end,” Federer said. “The final was unexpected. But it’s keeping up with the good results of this year. Playing the final was a good thing. Of course, I’m disappointed with today. I thought I would do better. I wanted to fight a bit more and make the match a bit more tighter. I had opportunities. But Zverev played extremely well. He played well all week.”

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