Rogers Cup: Alexander Zverev wins 5th title on the year

Arnold Nichols
August 18, 2017

Flag-waving fans in the packed grandstands at Uniprix Stadium were hoping for more magic, but Zverev was too strong, winning 81 percent of the points off his serve compared to 64 percent for Shapovalov.

"I thought I would do better", said Federer after the match. "I think he caught the attention of the tennis world, and rightfully so". "I got some decent rhythm going".

19th-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer showcased a spirited performance as he bounced back from a set down against Spain's David Ferrer to book his place into the quarter-finals of the Rogers Cup on Friday.

Bautista Agut struggled on his serve as he was broken three times and won just 65 percent of his first serve points.

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

Zverev was poised and aggressive off the ground to create space for his power game and displayed some short-angled winners off thumping forehands and backhands to grab an early break for a 3-1 lead. His Rogers Cup win is his fifth title in 2017 that has seen him move up to eigth in the ATP world rankings.

He will face Dutchman Haas in just the second career meeting between the two.

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

"To win two masters in a season is simply unbelievable".

It was an even contest in the first set, Shapovalov and Zverev going toe-to-toe until the ninth game.

Federer, a seven-time champion on the Cincinnati hardcourts, could yet move into the world number one spot, but his next chance will come at the US Open, the year's final Grand Slam event that begins August 28 in NY. He also became the youngest Citi Open champion.

Denis Shapovalov is coming off a three sets win over Adrian Mannarino that took 27 games to decide.

The Sugar Land Skeeters scored two runs in the top of the ninth to break a tie and then held a rally by the Bluefish to one run for a 6-5 victory in Bridgeport, Conn.

"It's tough to come out and serve after a 12-minute rain delay". I know it can't continue that way. "Not a whole long time, but at this level, I've gotten to play him already now for the fourth or fifth time".

Haase improved to 5-0 all-time against Schwartzman with his comeback after losing the opening set. Playing the final was a good thing.

He continued; "Looking ahead to the US Open, obviously I want to be in the best possible shape". I was not as fast. It took a lot of us. Then this kind of eats you up inside mentally.

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