Published: Fri, August 18, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Zverev denies Federer the Rogers' cup

Zverev denies Federer the Rogers' cup

He can't catch a break it seems.

Zverev is the first German since Boris Becker in 1996 to win five titles in a year.

Zverev, who had lost 6-1, 6-3 to Federer in the Halle final in June, is now tied with Federer for the most titles this season at five.

It was nearly a fortnight after his 19th Grand Slam victory at the All England Club, Roger Federer had announced his entry into the Canadian hardcourt tournament. After nearly six years of gap, the Swiss maestro returned to tennis action at Montreal.

Federer, who last month secured his eighth Wimbledon crown, had come into the match as the favourite and was looking to claim a third Rogers Cup success. It had all been straight set victories till his road to the semis.

The German added a second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title of the season, adding to his victory in Rome. This was the German's fifth title of the year.

"I feel like I'm playing the right tennis, well enough tennis to be there", Zverev said.

'After vacation and practice, it's always a bit of a shock for the body. The Swiss veteran finished the match with a back problem and physical discomfort.

Federer, 36, lost for just the third time in 38 matches this year. However, this will be his first trophy in Montreal, the other two were clinched in Toronto, owing to the format of the game.

The up-and-coming superstar did it quite easily too, winning the Rogers Cup final 6-3 6-4 and controlling the court for most of the match. He has surged on the 2017 ATP World Tour and is now in third place in the Race to London. Jimmy Connors leads with 109.

Federer's chances of winning another title this season were given a boost when top seed Rafael Nadal was upset by World No 143 Denis Shapovalov of Canada on Thursday night. One of the two players will emerge from Cincinnati as the World No. 1 as Andy Murray has withdrawn from the event, a development that guarantees that he will lose the top spot.

The 18-year-old defied the odds throughout his run to the last four, as he saved four match points during his first-round victory over Brazilian Rogerio Dutra Silva, before he saw off 15-time major victor Rafael Nadal in round three.

Murray is guaranteed to lose the No. 1 ranking a week from Monday.

Second-seeded Roger Federer sailed past 12th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut in just 68 minutes on Friday to advance to the semifinals of the Rogers Cup at Montreal.

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