A flawless Alexander Zverev won his second Masters 1000 shield of the season, claiming his first Coupe Rogers after a 6-3, 6-4 win over Roger Federer in only 1h08.
From the start of the match, we could see that the Swiss was completely erratic, missing easy volleys, and having his worst service day of the week. The German, for his part, picked it up where he had left it on Saturday, painting the lines and serving with a lot of power.
Even the crowd, as always firmly behind him, was unable to shake Federer out of his slump.
Federer still looking for success at the Coupe Rogers
His defeat in Sunday’s final was Roger Federer’s second on Montreal soil (he won the tournament twice, but both times in Toronto).
“It was a bit of an unexpected final”, said the world number three. “I’m disappointed because I would’ve liked to do better, to be able to fight more, in some way, make the match a little tighter because I had some chances. But Alex has played great the whole week. Congratulations to him. He deserved the win, today. He was better than me.”
Was there any physical issue, which would explain the drop in his serve and his lacking movement? Federer does not deny it, but refused to dwell on it, except to talk about his playing Cincinnati (or not):
“I’ll travel to Cincinnati tonight, then take a decision in the next couple of days and see how I feel after five days of playing, if I’m ready to play in Cincy next week or not. You know, felt all right 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. After vacation and practice, it’s always a bit of a shock for the body. We’ll have to wait and see now how I feel in the next couple of days.”
– Roger Federer
Zverev undefeated since bringing Ferrero on board
For Sascha Zverev, the Coupe Rogers title is his second Masters 1000 of the season (and of his career), but also his second title in as many weeks.
Having recently brought Juan Carlos Ferrero on board, we were wondering how much of an impact the former N°1 has had so far:
“I think we tried to work on my aggressive game a lot. We tried to improve all the little things. Obviously mentally. He knows how it feels like to play the big matches, so that helps a lot, having someone to talk to in these kind of situations. So far we never lost together. I’ll hope it can continue like this. I know it most likely won’t, if this relationship lasts for a few years. But so far everything is going great.”
– Alexander Zverev
Congratulations to Alexander Zverev on his fantastic tournament!
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