Roger Federer vs Alexander Zverev ATP Montreal Final: 'I have reached levels I never thought I would be able to reach'- Roger Federer.

Leye Aduloju in ATP 13 Aug 2017
  • Roger Federer takes on Alexander Zverev in the Montreal final on Sunday.
  • Federer is attempting to join Ivan Lendl on 94 career titles.
  • The great Swiss says he has attained levels he never though he would reach
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Roger Federer. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

As Roger Federer goes for his 94th career title on Sunday, the legendary Swiss has admitted that he never believed he would attain such great heights.

Roger Federer vs Alexander Zverev ATP Rogers Cup tennis is live from Montreal on Sunday, 13 August from 4:00pm local time/ 9:00pm BST
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Federer’s remarkable season has surprised many, given that his career looked on the line when he missed the final six months of last season. It’s been a glorious return to the sport- and every time he steps on to the court, there is always that little bit of history to be re-written. Victory in Sunday's Montreal final will take his career titles to 94, putting him joint second, tied with Ivan Lendl, on the Open Era list.

“I have reached levels that I never thought I would be able to reach, winning so many titles. Each title you can add is like a thrill. 
“Lendl is a legend of tennis. He reached incredible records. He was extremely consistent. He won many titles. It's fantastic and cool that I'm able to reach his level.”

Federer takes on young German, Alexander Zverev in the Rogers Cup final, with the Swiss looking to extend his winning record over the young German, and pick up his third Rogers Cup title- his first in Montreal.

Like Federer, Zverev is also into his sixth final of a wonderful campaign, winning four and losing one of the previous five- incidentally to Federer in Halle. Federer is a perfect five from five in 2017 finals, having captured Grand Slam titles in Australia and Wimbledon; Masters 1000 crowns in Indian Wells and Miami, and the ATP 500 title in Halle- all at the grand old age of 36. His stunning 2017 has put him on the verge of a return to the No. 1 spot in the world, and while the Swiss is excited by that possibility, he says his main goal is to rack up as many titles as possible in this late stage of his career.

'I am playing tennis to try to win titles. I always said that the ranking, if you're not No. 1 in the world, doesn't count really. It's secondary. Now I'm lucky because both are in sight,” Federer said.

To reach Lendl’s record, Federer has still got to beat Alexander Zverev in Sunday’s final. Federer enjoys a 2-1 record over the German young gun, and was thoroughly dominant in their most recent meeting in Halle. The Swiss produced one of his best performance of the season (and that’s saying a lot given the number of brilliant matches he has played this season) to dismiss Zverev 6-1 6-3. No wonder the German thinks Federer goes into this latest reunion as the firm favourite.

"I think he's definitely the favourite," said Zverev. He's been playing amazing tennis. He pretty much won every single big tournament he played this year." 
"But, you know, I played in five finals this year. I won four. The one that I lost was against Roger. There's a reason for it. I'm happy to be in the final. I'll try to enjoy as much as I can."

It would be a surprise if Sunday’s final is that one-sided. Zverev is playing some very good tennis, and goes into the match on a useful nine-match winning streak. Federer is looking to protect his own streak, which stands at 16.

Apart from a below par showing against David Ferrer in the third round, when he dropped the opening set, Federer has been largely untroubled in Montreal. A stand-out feature of his week, and the year as a whole, has been his aggression, taking the ball early and taking every chance to finish off points at the net. The Swiss is not only delighted with his form, but also with his health, which has held up very well this season.

“I'm happy, most happy that I'm actually really healthy going into the finals. I haven't wasted too much energy. I've been able to keep points short. I've been really clean at net. I think my concentration and just my playing has gone up a notch. I'm just playing better,” Federer added.

Will he capture title number six for the season in Montreal, or can Zverev match Federer’s tour leading five titles?
We will find out when both men take the Montreal stage from 4:00pm local time/ 9:00pm BST.

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Roger Federer vs Alexander Zverev ATP Montreal Final: 'I have reached levels I never thought I would be able to reach'- Roger Federer.

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