Montreal | Federer and Zverev match up
The Canadian Masters 1000 final pitches the best of two generations with Roger Federer facing Alexander Zverev for the Rogers Cup title in Montreal.
I’m very excited to be back in the finals, A bit surprising, to be quite honest, because I hadn’t practiced much.
I came from vacation, did some fitness, saw how I was feeling and said, ‘You know what, I practiced so much the last year, let’s go play some matches.’
It’s a big bonus right now and I hope I can play as free as I have so far in the finals tomorrowRoger Federer
Both players produced some excellent tennis to make the championships round, the Swiss mega-star ousting the unseeded Robin Haase 6-3 7-6(5) in just 75-minutes while the German leading the next generation, ended the dream run of the teenage wildcard Denis Shapovalov 6-4 7-5 after 103-minutes.
The 36-year-old Federer blasted nine aces and lost just nine points on his serve as he extended his winning match streak to 16 — his longest winning run in five years as he handed the Dutchman a masterclass.
“I’m very excited to be back in the finals,” the second seed said. “A bit surprising, to be quite honest, because I hadn’t practiced much.
“I came from vacation, did some fitness, saw how I was feeling and said, ‘You know what, I practiced so much the last year, let’s go play some matches.’
“It’s a big bonus right now and I hope I can play as free as I have so far in the finals tomorrow.”
Zverev though, will be keen to continue building his reputation as the best from the next generation of players but the 20-year-old will have to be at his best if he is to stop the resurgent Federer winning his 27th Masters title and capturing his third Canadian Masters title following his earlier wins in 2004 and 2006.
However Zverev is chasing his fifth title of the season and has dropped just two sets in his five-match run so far in Montreal.
He also secured his last victory over local boy Shapovalov, two years his junior, and the Canadian crowd who were urging their man to continue delivering the dream results of the week which included victories over Juan Martin del Potroand Rafa Nadal.
That was not be as the German broke Canadian at 4-4 in the first set then served for the set to silence the partisan crowd.
Ultimately, Zverev played better in the key moments, finishing with two aces, winning 81 percent of his first-serve points and breaking the Shapovalov three times but left having made a huge impact on the tennis world and raising his ranking into the top 100.