German Alexander Zverev delivered a shock victory in the final at Montreal as he became the youngest Rogers Cup winner in 10 years, and only the third man to beat Roger Federer this year.
Perhaps we should stop being surprised at this young German’s accomplishments, though, with this being his fifth title of a fantastic 2017 so far.
A typically humble Federer congratulated the 20-year-old in his speech after the final, which included a joke at his own expense as he asked Zverev to tell him how it felt to win this tournament which, in spite of Federer’s previous world dominance, has eluded him.
“Hopefully one day you can tell me how it feels to win Montreal. I don’t know,” laughed the Swiss legend as he addressed an appreciative Zverev and an adoring crowd.
Zverev’s response was equally light-hearted and endearing as he replied: “I’m sorry that you didn’t win Montreal this year.”
Zverev, who is world number eight, won in straight sets (6-3 6-4) to clinch his second Masters 1000 title and take his winning stretch to 10 matches.
He joins Federer on a tour-leading five titles in 2017.
In spite of this loss, Federer can still reclaim the world number one spot, which he last held in 2012. Depending on results at the Cincinnati Open this coming week, either Federer or his old rival Rafael Nadal will take the top spot.
Federer, who was playing in his first tournament since winning Wimbledon on July 16, said: “After vacation and practice, it’s always a bit of a shock for the body. I felt alright all week. Had a bit of muscle pain, aches and pains here and there, just because it’s back on the match courts, on the hard courts.”
Federer is considering missing certain tournaments, including the Cincinnati Open, as he has done all year, in order to be ready for the US Open as he attempts to win yet another Grand Slam.
“Looking ahead to the US Open, obviously I want to be in the best possible shape. Winning my third of the year, my 20th Grand Slam, would be completely insane. I just hope I’m going to be 100% ready when the moment arises,” he said.
Zverev was clinical in his victory, using his strong serve to overpower Federer, never letting the experienced champion get into his stride.
Watch Federer's joke at the end of his speech below.
He hit six aces and won 80% of points on his first serve as he took just 68 minutes to wrap up his impressive victory over the reigning Wimbledon and Australian Open champion.
“I tried to be aggressive as I can,” he said. “If Roger starts being aggressive with his forehand and backhand then it is not going to be an easy day for me.”
With victory here, Zverev was able to avenge his loss to Federer in the Halle final in June, in which fortunes were reversed as Federer cruised to a straight sets victory 6-1 6-3.
Halle remains Zverev’s only loss in a final this season.
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