Roger Federer vs Alexander Zverev ATP Montreal tennis preview, predictions and tips: Federer searching for third ATP Masters 1000 title of 2017

Andrew Hendrie in ATP 13 Aug 2017
  • Roger Federer vs Alexander Zverev is live from Montreal at 4.00pm local time on Sunday (9.00pm BST)
  • Federer has won two of their three meetings, but this is their first clash on hardcourt
  • Watch and bet on tennis live from Montreal at bet365 > sports > live streaming tennis
Roger Federer (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev put their respective winning streaks on the line when they square off for the 2017 Coupe Rogers title in Montreal on Sunday.

Watch and bet on Federer vs Zverev live from Montreal at bet365 > sports > live streaming tennis. The final begins at 4.00pm local time on Sunday (9.00pm BST).

On a 16-match winning run and playing some of the best tennis of his career at 36 years of age, Roger Federer has returned to the Montreal Masters final for the first time since 2007 - where he finished runner-up to Novak Djokovic. There’s not many stops on the ATP World Tour where Federer hasn’t lifted a trophy, but Montreal is one such place, with the Swiss star winning the Canada Masters in 2004 and 2006 when the tournament was held in Toronto. Can Federer continue his sparkling season and remain undefeated in Grand Slams and Masters 1000 events by picking up an elusive Montreal title? He will have to conquer Alexander Zverev, the Washington champion who has compiled a nice nine-match winning streak of his own and is aiming to win a second Masters 1000 title of 2017 following his memorable triumph in Rome. Federer and Zverev take to court at 4.00pm local time on Sunday (9.00pm BST).

It’s unbelievable to think we’re into August and Roger Federer hasn’t lost a match in Grand Slams and ATP Masters 1000 events, but the Swiss star’s stunning resurgence apparently knows no limits, and the 36-year-old is now targeting a sixth title of the season on Sunday in the Montreal Masters final. It’s the first Canada Masters final since falling to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Toronto in 2014, while Federer hasn’t made it this far in a decade in Montreal, going down to Novak Djokovic in 2007. But with the way Federer is playing this season, you’d be a brave man to bet against him reigning supreme on Sunday, with the 19-time major champion aiming to win at least three Masters 1000 titles in the same season for the first time since 2012.

Federer hasn’t been at his impeccable best throughout the week in Montreal, coming through some scrappy encounters against David Ferrer and Roberto Bautista Agut, but he certainly played his best match of the tournament on Saturday in the semi-finals against first-time Masters 1000 semi-finalist Robin Haase, enjoying a magical serving day as he defeated the Dutchman 6-3 7-6(5). Federer dropped just nine points on serve and fired 28 winners - including nine aces - in what was an efficient and clean performance.

Set to battle with Rafael Nadal for the No. 1 ranking at the Cincinnati Masters next week, Federer can also draw level with Ivan Lendl for the second most tour-level titles in the Open Era if he wins on Sunday. Federer has won 93 titles over the course of his illustrious career, while he will be attempting to win his 27th Masters 1000 title in Montreal.

“I have reached levels that I never thought I would be able to reach, winning so many titles,” Federer said after beating Haase. “Each title you can add is like a thrill. 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. 
“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.”

With the Australian Open, Indian Wells, Miami, Halle and Wimbledon silverware safely locked up in his growing trophy cabinet for this season, can Federer add the Montreal Masters title to his collection?

Alexander Zverev (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
While a quick glance at Federer’s 2017 résumé may prove daunting to most, Alexander Zverev won’t be intimidated in the slightest, with the rising star compiling an excellent record himself this season.

Currently riding a nine-match winning streak, Zverev has registered an outstanding 43-12 record in 2017, including winning four ATP titles in Montpellier, Munich, the Rome Masters and Washington, while he also finished runner-up at Halle and made quarter-finals at the Miami and Madrid Masters. The 20-year-old has claimed five top 10 scalps this season, including two at the Rome Masters, where he beat Milos Raonic and Novak Djokovic to become the youngest Masters 1000 champion in over a decade.

In fact, Zverev is also on a 10-match winning streak at Masters 1000 tournaments, with the German continuing his superb run in Montreal this week, saving match points in a thrilling opening victory over Richard Gasquet (a similar win in a deciding set tiebreak to his Washington opener against Jordan Thompson), while he’s gradually improved with each match since, earning a first win over Nick Kyrgios before beating Kevin Anderson for the second time in less than a week to set up a semi-final showdown with Canadian teenage sensation Denis Shapovalov.

Zverev hasn’t found himself playing someone younger than him on the ATP World Tour much - if at all - so far in his career, but he utilised his experience at this level to subdue the challenge of Shapovalov, who started the match fairly flat, and although the 18-year-old started to feed off the energy of the crowd late into the second set, it was Zverev who remained calm, registering a 6-4 7-5 victory after Shapovalov fired a backhand wide on his third match point.

Zverev will need to raise his level even more if he wants to record a second win over Federer in Sunday’s final. This will be their first meeting on hardcourt, with Federer winning on clay in Rome in 2016, while soon after Zverev claimed a memorable win on the grass of Halle. However Federer won their most recent clash in a rematch at Halle a couple of months ago, absolutely dominating that contest, dictating from the baseline as Zverev crumbled under the pressure. Zverev’s win over Federer came when the Swiss was battling knee issues last year, and their encounter in Halle this year is a more accurate reflection of what could happen again in Montreal. Zverev is obviously here to stay and will win many big titles throughout his career, but I think Federer’s sublime variety and irresistible form will see him capture his sixth title of the year on Sunday.

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Roger Federer vs Alexander Zverev ATP Montreal tennis preview, predictions and tips: Federer searching for third ATP Masters 1000 title of 2017

Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev put their respective winning streaks on the line when they square off for the 2017 Coupe Rogers title in Montreal on Sunday.

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