Roger Federer stunned by Alexander Zverev in Montreal Masters final
Alexander Zverev used his booming serve to overpower Roger Federer 6-3, 6-4 on Sunday in the men’s singles final of the Montreal Masters.tennis Updated: Aug 14, 2017 11:55 IST
Alexander Zverev shocked second seed Roger Federer in straight sets in the Montreal Masters final to win his fifth title of the season and announce himself as an emerging star for the US Open.
The 20-year-old German used his booming serve to overpower Federer 6-3, 6-4 Sunday as the Swiss superstar never got a chance to get into the match.
“I tried to be aggressive as I can,” said Zverev. “If Roger starts being aggressive with his forehand and backhand then it is not going to be an easy day for me.”
Zverev avenged a 6-1, 6-3 loss to Federer in the Halle final in June -- his only loss in a final this season.
He is now tied with Federer for the most titles this season at five.
“It’s a wonderful achievement for him,” Federer said of Zverev. “I wish him the best for the coming months and hope he can finish the season very strong.
“I’m just really happy for him, to see that he’s taking everything not just to the next level, but the two next levels.”
Zverev blasted six aces and won 80 percent of first serve points as he needed just 68 minutes to dominate the 19-time Grand Slam winner and reigning Wimbledon and Australian Open champion.
Zverev hammered away at the 36-year-old Federer with excellent court coverage keeping him off balance throughout the 30 minute opening set.
He closed out the set with serve to the backhand that an out of sorts Federer dumped into the ground.
Federer, who was broken three times, looked just as frustrated to open the second set, hitting backhands long and freezing in his tracks as aces whizzed by.
Zverev capped his victory on the first match point when Federer hit a forehand long.
Svitolona trumps over Wozniacki
Elina Svitolina beat Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-0 to win the Rogers Cup final Sunday, giving her a fifth WTA Tour title this season.
The 22-year-old Ukrainian used powerful groundstrokes and a big serve to keep the sixth-ranked Caroline Wozniacki off balance.
A break at love in the ninth game gave the fifth-ranked Elina Svitolina the edge in the first set. She wasn’t threatened again in the 77-minute match.
It was Svitolina’s fourth victory over a top-10 opponent this week and third win in two days.
Elina Svitolina will move one spot to a career-high No. 4 when the new rankings are released Monday.
First Published: Aug 14, 2017 08:42 IST