Zverev Ends Shapovalov’s Dream Canadian Open, Will Meet Federer in Sunday Final
by Staff | August 13th, 2017, 12:36 am
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Denis Shapovalov hung on and hung on but in the end it wasn’t enough Saturday night in Montreal. After breakout scintillating wins over Juan Martin del Potro, Rafael Nadal and Adrian Mannarino, in addition to having saved match points in his first round match, the young 18-year-old fell just short in a spirited contest with 20-year-old Alexander Zverev who outclassed and overpowered the Canadian 6-4, 7-5 in the quarterfinals.

Shapovalov was done in by his wicked lefty serve which helped him so much against Nadal, but tonight he gave up six double faults and three of them came on break points.

“It’s a little bit disappointing, this loss today, because I felt like I had a chance, but Sascha played too good in the big moments,” said Shapovalov. “I don’t think I played that well in those moments. I gave away a lot of breaks with double faults. I wasn’t even letting him play those points.

“But credit to him, he’s playing with so much confidence. He really put the pressure on me. I don’t think it’s going to affect my week. I mean, I’ve had the week of my life. Sascha is an unbelievable player. Actually it’s pretty nice to see how my game matches up against him, to see that I can compete with a great player like him.”

Zverev was hit by the double fault bug as well tossing in six of his own, but the World No. 8 saved three break points serving for the match at 6-5 and eventually closed it out.

Ranked No. 143 Shapovalov, will up to No. 66 and soon could be a real threat in bigger events.

“I told him he had a great run, well done to him, to not worry too much that he lost today,” said Zverev. “I also told him that this is just the first match of very, very many that we will play against him. Hopefully a lot of other big matches, maybe in Grand Slams, maybe in finals of tournaments. I just told him that this is the beginning for him.”

Zverev has now won his last 9 matches after winning Washington last week, and 10 straight in Masters events following that Rome title.

Next up is Roger Federer who served his way into his 6th final of the season besting Robin Haase 6-3, 7-6(5). Federer was broken once in the first set but in the second won 28 of 31 points on his service.

“I’m happy, most happy that I’m actually really healthy going into the finals,” said Federer. “I haven’t wasted too much energy. I’ve been able to keep points short. I’ve been really clean at net. I think my concentration and just my playing has gone up a notch. I’m just playing better.”

Federer leads Zverev 2-1 with the German winning in Halle last year while Federer gained revenge this past June.

“I think he’s definitely the favourite,” said Zverev of Federer. “He’s been playing amazing tennis. He pretty much won every single big tournament he played this year. I feel like I’m playing well, so I know that I have to serve a lot better tomorrow than I did today. That was I think the thing that I struggled the most with today.

“But, you know, I played in five finals this year. I won four. The one that I lost was against Roger. There’s a reason for it. I’m happy to be in the final. I’ll try to enjoy as much as I can.”

Federer is a sparkling 5-0 in finals and 35-2 overall this season, holding match points in all 37 of his matches. He won 16 straight victories to equal his longest win streak since 2012 and 15 straight at Masters.

Meanwhile, Zverev is 4-1 in 2017 finals, losing only to Federer 6-1, 6-3 in Halle. Should he avenge that loss, Zverev would tie Federer for the most titles this year.

Federer is seeking a third title in Canada, first in Montreal after wins in Toronto in 2004 and 2006.


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94 Comments for Zverev Ends Shapovalov’s Dream Canadian Open, Will Meet Federer in Sunday Final

Margot Says:

S A S C H A :) And Denis, fabulous talent for the future both. And man, does tennis need them.


J-Kath Says:

Yep, Margot – and waiting to see how Daniil Medvedev progresses over the next year.

Also hope Andy and Nole and Stan will return soon – all totally fit – they are still needed, especially for Grand Slams where stamina is needed as well as youthful energy.


Skeezer Says:

Picking Zverev over Fed un the final.
“But, you know, I played in five finals this year. I won four…”. The win he lost was against Fed.
Hope I’m wrong, just think the way things have played out the kid will upset Fed this time out.


Skeezer Says:

^the one


Amit Says:

Skeezer

I am also apprehensive of zverev performance. . The kid can beat Federer… And I am a Shapovalov fan downright now!! He clearly plays great tennis, and has some aestheic appeal too! FH is brutal like Rafa/Verdasco. But backhand is beautiful like Federer! Denis is a future champion for sure! And zverev is already winning so much that beating Federer is pretty much likely, though would hate to see him beating Fed.


Amit Says:

Alexander will win a slam pretty soon. He is picking up his level gradually and is so consistent! And this denis shapovalov is a sublime talent! Unbelievable shotmaker! I like denis! Denis and Kyrgios are my faves now. Sadly Dimitrov disappoints. :(


Giles Says:

Skeezer. You’re so darn predictable. Picking Zverev over fed and not the other way round is just a ploy not to jinx fed!
Try again!


Amit Says:

If Alexander wins final, then the first slam will be coming pretty soon! As early as may be the USO 17 even! And if he wins his first slam soon, Alexander will win many more! Wouldnt mind it though as I like Swiss, Germans and Swiss-Germans!! ;)


Amit Says:

Giles

Dont write anyone off, coz Nadal-Shapovalov teaches us just that!! If Shapovalov can beat Nadal, then Zverev too can beat Federer!!


Willow Says:

Amit when it comes to Zverev beating Federer or any of these younglings making that major breakthrough, personally ill believe it when i see it, they all seem to have one amazing win and then flame out, im not buying into the hype just yet lol ….


Willow Says:

And jinxs and curses dont exist its all an imaginary concept ….


Giles Says:

Amit. Yep this is sport, anything can happen.
Rooting for Sasha.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

What a match! Shapovalov and Zverev are going to save tennis. Zverev’s comments were great, especially about them having many more matches. I look forward to that.

I am not super entertained by Zverev’s game, something about him seems too mechanical/robotic to me. But man, what a backhand.

That was just a fantastic battle between tennis’ future giants.Last year, it was Novak’s job to keep the young wolves beaten back in the pack. Now it’s Feds.

One more time, Fed!


madmax Says:

Coupe Rogers
[4] Alexander Zverev
[2] Roger Federer
Aces
30 AZ
31 RF
1st-Serve Percentage
62% (200 of 322) AZ
57% (144 of 253) RF
1st-Serve Points Won
75% (149 of 200) AZ
78% (113 of 144) RF
2nd-Serve Points Won
56% (68 of 122) AZ
62% (68 of 109) RF
Service Games Won
91% (43 of 47) AZ
88% (38 of 43) RF
Break Points Saved
84% (21 of 25) AZ
75% (15 of 20) RF
1st-Serve Return Points Won
31% (58 of 190) AZ
29% (44 of 150) RF
2nd-Serve Return Points Won
53% (61 of 116) AZ
58% (65 of 112) RF
Return Games Won
23% (11 of 47) AZ
34% (14 of 41) RF
Break Points Converted
55% (11 of 20) AZ
44% (14 of 32) RF

Looking at the above stats, on paper, Zverev’s game is better overall, but only just, in this tournament. Federer needs to improve on his first serves, and his break point conversions. The pressure will be on Federer as he hasn’t won this tournament before and has the possibility of gaining the world number 1 in 10 days time will be at the back of his mind.

I am not worried.

He is used to pressure. Federer in straights.


J-Kath Says:

Madmax: I thought Federer won this tournament when it was in Toronto???


madmax Says:

I listened to an interview J-Kath, he said he had not won this tournament before. So I take it from the horse’s mouth. :-) may be he was referring to the ‘new’ old tournament. I don’t know?


Angel Says:

Last Night Zverev was exausted…you could clearly see it between points especially in the second set. I think he has played 10 matches in 12 days, and he has a 20 hour window break to play Federer who is playing better than ever. Today is bot the day…straight sets victory for Federer.


Okiegal Says:

Sasha is going to be schooled today……the school of hard knocks! Yep Fed will knock him out……
🥊🥊🥊🥊


Okiegal Says:

JK did you like my boxing gloves?? LOL


J-Kath Says:

I love all your emotifs Okie…(but does Sasha???!!) I have emoticons on offer when I email but don’t have those….weep, weep heavy tears…one of these days I may surprise you.
Hugs
K


Tony N Says:

The final will likely be a clear indicator of where Federer’s game (including backhand) is actually at. To me, Federer has been cruising (maybe even sandbagging) in his last three matches. He came out guns blazing in his first match against Polansky – where he confirmed that most of his game was in good shape (except for his backhand) — and then did just enough to cruise through his matches against Ferrer, Bautista-Agut and his practice buddy Haase until the critical games where he (magically) lifted his level to win when needed. However Zverev’s level – which has been consistently very good throughout the tournament – should force Federer to his A Game from the start, just like he did at Halle. Any lack of form due to lack of practice (after Wimbledon) will show. Regardless, while Federer wants to win the title now that he’s in the Montreal final, his priorities probably remain Cincinnati and the USO – so win or lose, this is just gravy for him as well as a test of where his game is at. My guess is Federer in straight sets, unless he goes on a walkabout or has a bad day.

Win or lose today, Zverev’s extraordinary progress continues. For the first time in his career, Zverev has won four straight matches after winning a title. Though he could have easily lost in his first match, against Gasquet, had he not saved three match points (including one involving a 49-shot rally). He anticipates, positions himself and covers the court extraordinarily well.

Shapovalov is a big story of the tournament. He is a better player than Zverev was at age 18 years 4 months. Whatever understandable deficiencies of youth Shapovalov has (decision-making experience, unforced errors, consistency, volleying, smashing, point construction) are fixable, as he seems to be trainable, a hard worker and still so young. The intangible gifts he possesses are not easily trainable – mental toughness under pressure, ability to raise his game, energy, shot making, fluidity, aggressive mentality, etc. This kid could benefit from the addition of a super-coach such as Toni Nadal, Marián Vajda or Boris Becker (or maybe Jim Courier, Thomas Muster, Yeygeny Kafelnikov) to complement his already phenomenal coach/mother.
http://www.sportsnet.ca/tennis/inside-post-match-celebration-denis-shapovalov/


Willow Says:

Tennis Vagabond Zverev and Shapalov save tennis, thanks for the good laugh, Fedexpress will know what i mean lol ….


FedExpress Says:

Come on Federer


FedExpress Says:

hahahahahah

that challenge


Margot Says:

Kath do you have a mobile 📱? Because if you do,you can do this😉😆😎😜🙌


FedExpress Says:

Federer in self destruction mode


FedExpress Says:

Federer, come on man.


FedExpress Says:

Federer too passive.


FedExpress Says:

Break Zverev.

Federer still in the locker room.


FedExpress Says:

Federer is just powerless and late to every ball.

This will be tough but I believe.


jatin Says:

Zverev playing very well and agressive.
Fed must up his game in order to compete in this set. Lets hope


FedExpress Says:

And net game non existent


FedExpress Says:

Since that challenge in the first game everything is against Federer


FedExpress Says:

hahahah

that 2nd serve netcord in.

looks like 2014 vs tsonga.


J-Kath Says:

Yep Margot – but it is verra different and all sorts of bits – mainly connected up for emergency calls – getting ordinary another one soon – thanks for the suggestion….good idea and kind of you.

K.


FedExpress Says:

feeling sick.

Zverev is superior in every department.


jatin Says:

Too rusty and zverev very solid.
Atleast he is serving first in 2nd set.


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

This looks like a 36 year old against a 20 year old hotshot


FedExpress Says:

WTF Federer. After return. that miss.


FedExpress Says:

BP Federer
come on


FedExpress Says:

Gone


FedExpress Says:

I am going crazy


FedExpress Says:

quite frustrating


FedExpress Says:

WTFFFFFFFFFF


FedExpress Says:

WOWWWWWWWWWWW


FedExpress Says:

Federer isnt winning this with this game


jatin Says:

Survived


jatin Says:

Fed should continue to mix it up. Break points would surely come.
Comon fed


Okiegal Says:

@JK……Thanks! I love them too. I think you could draft a letter using nothing but emojis. There are some cute ones.
Hugs back!!
🐻🐻🐻


Daniel Says:

Not able to watch the match. Zverev one ser away from back to back Masters and defesting Djoko and Fed.

But if Fed somehow can win second set, he is serving ahead, anything can happen in third set.


FedExpress Says:

Sky commentator says Fed has hurt his back

WTFFFFFFFFFFFF


Colleen Says:

Roger seems to have a problem with his right arm


jatin Says:

Fed Express
Hope its not true


FedExpress Says:

Federer looks like he wants to go home.


Arnold Says:

Fed is playing terribly… Making so many mistakes. If he doesnt up his game, this is over in 2 sets.


FedExpress Says:

just sad


Colleen Says:

Or back yes, serve motion affected.


FedExpress Says:

this is over guys


FedExpress Says:

I wont watch this anymore. Affects me mentally.

He is injured. Clearly.


jatin Says:

His Service motion is totally compromised. Not even moving well.
Hope he takes proper time off for the US open. This is not looking good at all


Berghain Says:

Fedex, yes!

He hurt his back I think, not serving well at all. I thought he looked resigned to losing from the start. Sad!

Oh well. I hope he will be ok for Cinci.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Willow, you know I love Fed and have huge respect for the Big 4, but come on, how long have we been waiting for fresh meat?


Tennis Vagabond Says:

His back is hurt. He’s completely stiff. Not getting ready (bent) for returns.


Berghain Says:

Fed should skip Cinci and rehab.


Berghain Says:

Knew it was a mistake to play Montreal. He should of Skipped it.


Berghain Says:

Anyway Gongrats Zverev! Deserved this Trophy.


jatin Says:

Congrts zeverv. Played amazing and agressive tennis.
Fed, hope you are ok and its nothing serious.


fred stone Says:

Fed needs a shave and a two week break before the US Open with the “injury” TBA.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Zverev played absolutely amazing. Had his best serving in the finals, I think.

He is going to do what Wawrinka couldn’t – really break into the Big 4, day in, day out.

2 masters titles this year!

I’m a huge Fed fan, but this is a very exciting storyline in tennis when it looked like there was no one to stop Fed until next clay season.


Okiegal Says:

Student extraordinaire! I got schooled on my prediction! What we have is a young fresh face winning Montreal!! This will be so good for tennis! Great win Sasha!


Okiegal Says:

I love Fed’s scruffy “cowboy” look!
🤠🤠🤠


Okiegal Says:

No wonder Fed didn’t put out much effort to win this one….that trophy is weird……


Madmax Says:

Come on people. Fed fans. We have been blessed. Blessed and been given so many fantastic times this year. No more greediness. AND at some stage just bound to happen. I am not shocked. Not at all. Thought perhaps he could pull through. But up against youth and more confident opponent this time around. One can only applaud this young player.
Federer will be disappointed but am certain, not for long.

Skeezer you were correct. Must have been a feeling.

FedEx don’t be sad for too long

J-kath thanks for the info.


skeezer Says:

As predicted, Sasha wins. Good kid, well deserved. RF class act as always, not mentioning his obvious back issue. Bummer about RF back. Forget about chasing #1, rest up for USO.


Madmax Says:

Zverev will have made a lot of New fans today. Congratulations. Am happy for him. He seems a well grounded young man. Great things to come for him. Great great things. Favourite for USO. He’s on the rise.


Daniel Says:

Congrats Zverev, wow! Last two masters. Suddenly a new scenario. If he wins USO he os right there for the #1 race.

Nadal currenty 320 pts agead of Fed entering Cincy with last years Cincy points out.

Meaning Fed will have to win 330 pts more than Nadal in Cincy to be #1 next week


Van orten Says:

Zverev One of the favorites for the us open for sure but let’s play cincy first. All thin margins.
It’s a matter of staying and being hot and clutch the right time from now going on and let’s see who will be last man standing on September 10


Daniel Says:

There is just something that prevents Federer from winning Montreal, his third loss in finals


Markus Says:

There will never be tennis peace in our home. The missus has added Zverev as her 2nd favorite after Nadal. Can’t fight with her so I come to TX instead. :-)


J-Kath Says:

Maybe Fed. had a touch of that weird ear off-balance – which affects direction and gives a feeling of giddiness – lots of people having it at the moment – a touch of flu or heavy cold and voila there you go – .

Can Roger pull out of Cinc. at this late date?


BBB Says:

I think Fed has not won this tournament when the men have played it in Montreal. He’s won in TO. So when he said he hasn’t won it in Montreal, he was being specific about the city, not the tourney.


J-Kath Says:

Re Federer:

“He confirmed post-match that he would travel to Cincinnati, but would discover the extent of his injury before deciding whether to participate.”

So he could/might withdraw…

Hi BBB: Yep – same tournament but alternative venues.

Goodnight All.


Humble Rafa Says:

Some people are predicting that the Arrogant One will pull out of the US Open. He is a magician, I am sure he will recover.

#godfavorshim


t4t Says:

Congrats to Zverev. He is the real deal.


Daniel Says:

After USO, reagrdless of how well he perfomrs, if neother Cilic, Raonic, Kei or Thiem wins the title, Zevrev will be assure top 4 ranking. Wawa win and Djoko’s final will drop out and the only the aforementioned can overcame him.

Cincy indeed looks interesting, let’s see if Zverev will continue his run (2 tourneys back to back), How is Fed’s injury and who will ve new number: Nadal or Federer?

If Nadal wins one match Fed will have to minimum reach Cincy finals. If Nadal reaches semis, Fed will have to win the title.


Tony N Says:

Excellent win by Zverev. Well deserved.

Federer revealed that his back was stiff and repeated that he was non-committal about playing Cincinnati. He said it during a side interview with SRF (Swiss Radio and Television). Translate the following link from German (use a mega dose of common sense and context to interpret the translation).
https://www.srf.ch/sport/tennis/atp-tour/rueckenprobleme-federer-start-in-cincinnati-offen

The Coupe Rogers website noted that: “Without taking anything away from the German’s great win, it must be said that Federer was not at his best. Suffering from a slight back injury, he was unable to hit powerful serves or keep up in the rallies. As the match went on, he seemed less and less able to lean in and hit… Feeling sore, Federer declined to comment on his health.”

In the post-match interview, apparently, no journalist asked Federer about his back injury during the match — so the Coupe Rogers tournament probably found out afterwards, directly from Federer or his team.

In the post-match interview, Federer only talked in general about how his body was adjusting to an entire week of hard courts in Montreal after his post-Wimbledon vacation: “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.”

Federer left question marks about whether he would play in Cincinnati: “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”. And “next couple days are important for me to take the decision on Cincinnati. Then looking ahead to the US Open, obviously I want to be in the best possible shape.”

In addition to his back injury, both Cincinnati and Montreal use Penn balls, not the Wilson US Open balls. So Fed should just skip Cincinnati, recover fully and train with the Wilson balls.


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

A couple of things went into what happened today.first I didn’t think Federer looked good all week but he managed to get thru all his matches until the final. But Zverev was a better opponent than any he faced previously. Not only that but Zverev went to a whole new level today. 132 mph second serve?! So far this year Fed seemed to defy Father Time but today he looked plain old old. Tired and stiff. Let’s hope he can recover.
@Daniel absolutely right. If Zverev were to win the US open and Fed and Nadal both did not make it very far he would within 1000 ish points of both Fed and Nadal with plenty of points available in the remainder of the year to be able to overcome both if he did well enough.


J-Kath Says:

OK Marcus – From now on, we’ll look for challenging comments from you so you can enjoy your fights…….


J-Kath Says:

Daniel: Essentially, Rafa is No. 1 as of today as Andy drops 600 points re. Cinc.


Daniel Says:

Yeah J-Kath,

In the race points lead, Nadal is just 40 pts ahead of Federer.

After clay Nadal was 3000 pts above Federer. Fed already won Halle, Wimbleodn and finals in Canada.

I think Nadal gets the #1 ranking this week, but Fed ends year end #1.

Fed just wins more points second half of the season, already have so, 3100 pts after clay.


Truth Says:

Poor fake. He got “badly injured”. This is the same guy that said Djoker was a joke and that he shouldn’t have showed up to play when not 100%.


Truth Says:

Lol Humble Rafa. It must have taken “supermagic” to beat their idol!


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