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Rogers Cup 2017: Shapovalov's run comes to an end against Zverev

Rogers Cup 2017: Shapovalov's run comes to an end against Zverev

Roger Federer used a dominant service game to beat Dutchman Robin Haase 6-3, 7-6, (7-5) in the semifinals of the Montreal Masters tennis tournament, here Saturday.

The fourth-seeded Zverev, seeking a second tournament title in as many weeks, advanced to the final on Sunday against second-seeded Roger Federer, a 6-3, 7-6 (5) victor over unseeded Robin Haase of the Netherlands.

It was the second meeting between Canadian Peter Polansky and Federer with the latter coming on top at the 2014 Rogers Cup, 6-2, 6-0.

Shapovalov, who was born in Israel and moved to Canada before his first birthday, had a great chance at 4-3 in the second set but failed to convert on his three break points.

'Winning two Masters 1000 titles in the same year is something wonderful, ' said Zverev.

Federer, 36, lost for just the third time in 38 matches this year.

The victory for the 20-year-old German, considered one of the rising stars in the sport, saw him seal the second Masters 1000 crown of his career.

Federer then responded to Zverev's cheeky dig in his runner-up speech.

"Obviously I didn't expect it", he said.

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Federer who was playing his first tournament since making a record in Wimbledon alongside Rafael Nadal are set to unseat Brit and World number one at the top of the ATP rankings next week at the Cincinnati Masters.

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

"Beating him in a finals-not just any finals, but the finals of a Masters 1000-is awesome", Zverev added.

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

Zverev, meanwhile, will play doubles at Cincinnati partnering Leander Paes. "But I'll keep working hard and hopefully we could start a little bit of a rivalry". Tennis fans will have to watch the news for the next few days to see if there is any kind of withdrawal news following his efforts in Montreal. I'm most happy that I'm actually really healthy going into the finals. "I don't feel like things are going unnatural".

"I wasn't the player I was before my injury", Haase said. He's won two this year.

"Had a bit of muscle pain, aches and pains here and there", said Federer afterwards.

"It's fantastic and cool that I'm able to reach his level".

The Ukrainian's triumph handed her a fifth title of the season, while Wozniacki has now been beaten in all six finals she has played this year.


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