Roger Federer had to skip the second part of the 2016 season due to a knee injury, returning stronger a year later to embrace a season to remember. Federer won 54 out of 59 matches in 2017, claiming seven titles and two Majors, his first since 2012!
A few weeks before the 36th birthday, the Swiss conquered the eighth Wimbledon crown without losing a set, gathering momentum and returning in Montreal a couple of weeks later. Federer continued where he left at the All England Club and beat Peter Polansky 6-2, 6-1 in just 54 minutes!
The Canadian was ranked 116th, and he entered the draw with a wild card to face the 19-time Major winner in Roger's first Montreal match since 2011. Federer lost 12 points in eight service games, fending off two break chances in the second set's fifth game and stealing the opponent's serve four times to control the pace and race over the top.
Roger Federer lost three games against Peter Polansky in Montreal 2017.
That summer, Polansky played in three consecutive Challenger finals, but that was not enough to challenge such a strong rival, especially after serving at 42%.
The Swiss made a perfect start and won the opening set 6-2 in 21 minutes. Federer held with an ace in the opening game and broke at love for a 2-0 lead when Peter hit a double fault. Hitting in full throttle, Roger held at love in the third game to forge a 3-0 advantage in swift six minutes!
The Canadian got his name on the scoreboard with a service winner in game four and produced a hold at love at 4-1 to stay within one break deficit. The Swiss grabbed the seventh game with another perfect hold and caught a break with a volley winner a few minutes later for 6-2.
Playing aggressive tennis, Roger hit a smash winner in the second set's second game to build the lead and held with a service winner to move 3-0 in front. Polansky netted a forehand in the fourth game to lose serve and fall further behind before creating those two break chances in the next one.
Roger saved those with winners to keep the serve intact and brought the game home with an ace for a 5-0 lead. Polansky erased match points in the sixth game to avoid a bagel, and Federer closed the next one at 15 to seal the deal and advance into the third round.