ATP Montreal: Zverev overpowers Federer to lift second Masters 1000 trophy!- View: 13752 by Jovica Ilic
20-year-old Alexander Zverev just made his great season even better, winning his 5th title of the year (joining Federer at the top of the list) and the 2nd Masters 1000 crown after a 6-3 6-4 triumph over Roger Federer in an hour and 10 minutes.
Zverev was the better player on the court, hitting with more power and taking the most important points, saving all 3 break points he faced and breaking Roger once in each set. Thus, young German became only the 6th U20 player who won 2 Masters 1000 titles in a season (he beat Novak Djokovic in the final of Rome) after Michael Chang, Andrei Medvedev, Marat Safin, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, and the youngest Canada Open winner in 10 years.
Alexander came to Montreal after lifting his first ATP 500 title in Washington and he is now on a 10-match winning streak. Besides the title, Alexander will be on a career-high ranking tomorrow, standing at 7th, and he is also 3rd in the ATP Race, behind Nadal and Federer.
Interestingly, there were 6 Masters 1000 tournaments played so far in 2017, and Roger, Rafael, and Alexander shared them between them on even terms, with 2 titles for each. Roger certainly wasn't at his best, serving at low speed and not moving well, and the whole tournament just didn't look right for him, so he could be happy with this final and 600 ATP points.
Right from the start, Federer had problems with timing and settling for the shots, and he will finish the match with 8 winners and 18 unforced errors, which wasn't enough against such a strong rival. Also, his backhand leaked big time, he mostly sliced from that wing and Zverev didn't have too many troubles with that shot.
Of course, Federer did have some good serves and things looked well for him after bringing Alexander to the net, but he didn't have the control over the match, as Zverev kept the points on his racquet, placing 20 winners and 19 unforced errors.
Sascha was hitting the ball much stronger than Roger and he delivered some deep returns to take the time off from Federer's shots and to take the initiative in the point early on. Final result: