MONTREAL, Canada - He’s been touted as one of the most promising future stars in tennis for years, but it’s pretty clear the future is here - Alexander Zverev pulled off a big upset in the Rogers Cup final in Montreal on Sunday, stunning Roger Federer, 6-3 6-4, to conquer the Masters 1000 tournament.
Here are 10 Things Alexander Zverev Did By Winning In Montreal:
1. He won his second Masters 1000 title. His first came in May at Rome, where he became the first man born in the ‘90s to win a title at the Masters 1000 level or higher. Now he has two of them.
2. He tied Federer for most ATP World Tour titles this year. Montreal was Zverev’s fifth ATP World Tour title of the year after Montpellier, Munich, Rome and Washington DC just last week. Federer’s five titles this year have come at the Australian Open, Indian Wells, Miami, Halle and Wimbledon.
3. He’s the youngest player to win the Rogers Cup in a decade. The 20-year-old Zverev is the youngest man to win the Rogers Cup since Novak Djokovic, who was a younger 20 back in 2007.
4. He’s just the second active player outside the Big Four to have multiple Masters 1000 titles. Other than the Big Four - Federer, Rafael Nadal, Djokovic and Andy Murray - Zverev is one of only two active players to have won more than one Masters 1000 title (the other is Jo-Wilfried Tsonga).
5. He’s the first player this year to beat Federer without facing match point. In Federer’s other two losses in 2017, he had match point - Evgeny Donskoy in Dubai and Tommy Haas in Stuttgart.
6. He’s the first player in 15 months to beat Federer in straight sets. The last player to beat Federer in straight sets was Dominic Thiem in the third round of Rome in May 2016, 7-6(2) 6-4.
7. He ended Federer’s 16-match winning streak. No.3 Federer went 5-0 to win Halle, 7-0 to win Wimbledon and 4-0 en route to the final in Montreal. It was his longest winning streak since 2012.
8. He scored his fourth career win over a Top 3 player. His first three came against No.3 Federer at Halle in 2016, No.3 Wawrinka at St. Petersburg in 2016, and No.2 Djokovic at Rome this year.
9. He’s the 10th player this year to save match point en route to an ATP World Tour title. Having saved three match points to win his opening match against Richard Gasquet, Zverev is the 10th player this year to save match point en route to an ATP World Tour title. He’s only the second one to do it at a tournament at the Masters 1000 level or higher, though - Federer did it in Miami, too.
10. He’s at a new career-high of No.7 now. Zverev’s win in Montreal moves him from No.8 to No.7 - and if he can move up just one more spot to No.6 after Cincinnati, he can get a Top 4 seed at the US Open (given two of the players ranked ahead of him - Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka - pulled out).
Another thing - he beat his childhood idol to win the title. Here’s Zverev is in his own words:
And here are highlights from Zverev’s championship victory: