No Montreal title for the Fedmeister as he came unstuck at the hands of Sascha Zverev who powered to a 6-3, 6-4 victory at the Coupe Rogers on Sunday.
The 20 year old showed off his power hitting from the baseline to fire off 20 winners and win his second Masters 1000 title in 68 minutes and also draw level with Roger on 5 tour level titles this season.
Quick Match Recap
Federer won the toss and elected to receive. Zverev moved up to 40-15 but Roger reeled off two brilliant shots to make deuce. Zverev held in part thanks to a good challenge on a ball that clipped the line that otherwise would have given Roger a break point.
A double fault in Roger's opening service game saw him pegged to 30-30 and the Zverev then fashioned his break point. Roger held but couldn't hold Zverev off for long as he was broken to 30 to fall 1-3 behind.
Zverev was able to consolidate for 4-1 and although Roger held his next two service games Sascha served it out to 30 to take the set 6-3.
Into the second set and a change was needed from Federer as Zverev was dominating from the baseline. A love hold from the Swiss put him on the board and he began to vary his play on the return which gave him three break points in Zverev's opening service game. However, he couldn't find a way through with Zverev coming up with some timely big serves to level at 1-1.
Roger then found himself in trouble of his own having to save break point en route to leading 2-1. Zverev levelled to love and after Roger held for 3-2 things went downhill as he stood like a statue on the return, didn't bend the legs on the serve and looked hampered with what I assume is a back problem. With how Zverev was playing he needed no second invitation and took full advantage, breaking to lead 4-3 and coasted over the line to bag to his second Masters 1000 title.
|Alexander Zverev||Roger Federer|
|First Serve Percent||69% (41/59)||51% (27/53)|
|1st Serve Points Won||80% (33/41)||70% (19/27)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||61% (11/18)||58% (15/26)|
|Break Points Saved||100% (3/3)||67% (4/6)|
|Service Games Played||10||9|
|1st Serve Return Points Won||30% (8/27)||20% (8/41)|
|2nd Serve Return Points Won||42% (11/26)||39% (7/18)|
|Break Points Converted||33% (2/6)||0% (0/3)|
|Net Points Won||70% (7/10)||64% (9/14)|
|Return Games Played||9||10|
|Total Service Points Won||75% (44/59)||64% (34/53)|
|Total Return Points Won||36% (19/53)||25% (15/59)|
|Total Points Won||56% (63/112)||44% (49/112)|
Thoughts on the Match
So not a great final this one as it looked like Roger got injured early in the second set. The match started on an even footing but it was Zverev who got the upper hand early to take the first set with Roger struggling to make any sort of impact. The second started in brighter fashion for the Swiss when he began mixing up his return position and taking pace off but he clearly tweaked something after the first couple of games and then it was all she wrote.
I first noticed something was up due to his upright stance on the return with zero leg bend. We then got the old man slice serve for the remainder of the set and that was that. So not good viewing from that point onwards, a pretty good week overall with some decent matches but a disappointing final if you're a Fedfan.
Of course, take nothing away from Zverev, another great week for him to back up his win in Washington. He could have been out in the first round had Gasquet hit through the ball but he won a 49 shot rally to fend off match point and kicked on from there. I don't think he had to find his best level today but he was relentless from the back of the court in the first set and struck the ball sweetly off both wings to put all the pressure on Roger who was never really in the match.
Anyway, what do you guys think? Should Fed play Cincy? There was no mention of an injury in press which is what I thought would be the case as he'd never mention it so soon after the final. Roger said he will be travelling to Cincinnati tonight and will decide if he is going play in the next few days as he has some ‘aches and pains' after switching to hard courts. Let me know your thoughts in the comments.