Alexander Zverev beats Roger Federer to win Rogers Cup title: Young gun Zverev powers past Federer in comprehensive victory

Leye Aduloju in ATP 14 Aug 2017
  • Alexander Zverev powered past Roger Federer to win the Rogers Cup in Montreal.
  • Zverev joins Federer on a tour-leading five titles for the season
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Alexander Zverev. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

Alexander Zverev claimed the Rogers Cup title with a comprehensive 6-3 6-4 victory over Roger Federer on Sunday.

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Victory in Montreal continued a superb run of form for the talented German, who has now won back-to-back ATP titles for the first time in his career, following on from last week’s success in Washington. The German stretched his winning streak to 10 matches, while halting Federer’s at 16. Zverev ties Federer on a tour-leading five titles for the season, while also equaling his head-to-head with the great Swiss at 2-2.

It was his second Masters 1000 title of the season, his first being at the Rome Masters in May. Back then, he blew away former world number one Novak Djokovic in the final, and he was similarly ruthless in Sunday’s Montreal final against Federer, powering past his 36-year-old opponent in just an hour and eight minutes.

Alexander Zverev equalled Roger Federer's tour-leading five titles in 2017. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
Federer was looking to win his 94th career title, which would have put him level with Ivan Lendl in joint-second on the all-time list, but he never really got into the match, as Zverev inflicted on him just a third defeat of an outstanding season.

The Swiss won the toss and surprisingly elected to receive, and it almost yielded that early break as he took Zverev to deuce in the opening service game. The German got out of trouble, and immediately transferred pressure to Federer when the Swiss stepped up to the line. Zverev carved out the first break point of the match, but missed the opportunity by driving an easy backhand long. It was a bad miss, but it gave an early insight into Zverev’s game plan- there would be no holding back.

After powering to a hold to love for 2-1, Zverev applied the pressure again on Federer. He brought up another break point, and this time, the aggressive German converted when Federer miscued an attempted backhand pass. There were no breaks in the next four games, leaving Zverev to serve for the set at 5-3. He appeared to be cruising at 30-0, but two loose forehand errors kept Federer interested. If that opened the door slightly, Zverev banged it shut in emphatic style with two mighty serves. The first set was in the bag, 6-3, and the German was good value for his lead.

Federer came out with greater intent at the start of the second set, opening with a hold to love and engineering his first break point of the match when Zverev drove a backhand wide in the next game. However, Zverev’s ability to dig himself out of trouble has been a big feature of the last couple of weeks, and true to form, he brought out his biggest serve of the match to fend off the danger. Federer carved out two more break points in that lengthy game, but Zverev stayed clutch, notably saving the third with a 214km/hr. ace down the middle to hold for 1-1.

Having survived that hiccup, Zverev launched another move on Federer’s serve, bringing up two more break points, but Federer erased both to just about hang on to his serve. 

Roger Federer could not quite get into the Montreal final as Zverev constantly kept the Swiss under pressure. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
With the second set at 3-3, Federer produced a truly shocking game to get broken. He opened with a forehand error, and followed it up with a missed drop shot. A miscued forehand dragged him down to 0-40, and Zverev was good enough to cash in, converting at the second opportunity when Federer sent another forehand long.

Zverev went on to serve out the match without much problems, sealing his first Rogers Cup title when Federer committed yet another forehand error. Federer made 18 unforced errors in total, as compared to eight winners, while Zverev piled on 20 winners- more than making up for his own 19 unforced errors.

Zverev will rise to a career-high number 7 in the world on Monday, and with virtually no points to defend through the North American hard court season, he looks very good to make more significant inroads in the coming weeks. Federer would be disappointed by the performance and the loss, but it is nothing more than a minor blip in his outstanding season- should result go his way next week in Cincinnati, he could reclaim the Number One spot in the world rankings a week on Monday.

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