Alexander Zverev has become the first German to win in Montreal since Boris Becker in 1986. He is also the first German to win five titles on the ATP World Tour since Becker in 1996 and he is also the youngest to win the ATP Masters 1000 in Canada since Novak Djokovic in 2007.
Zverev scored his second ATP Masters 1000 of the year when he defeated Roger Federer 6-3, 6-4. In May he beat Novak Djokovic to win the Rome title.
“Winning two Masters 1000 titles in the same year is something amazing,” Zverev said. “I played well winning Washington and here. It’s something amazing, back-to-back weeks. I feel great. I feel like I’m playing some of the best tennis of my life.
“I feel like I’m playing the right tennis, well enough tennis to be there. I don’t feel like things are going unnatural. I think everything is going pretty natural. Obviously winning the two Masters 1000 events, everybody would be proud of that, and nobody could expect it. But I’m happy that it happened.”
Wins such as this only serve to see him even more entrenched in the world’s top ten and he is now at seven.
The 20-year-old German became the first player outside the Big 4 of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray to win multiple ATP Masters 1000 titles in a season since David Nalbandian in 2007. Zverev is just the second active player other than the Big 4 to win more than one Masters 1000 crown, joining Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Zverev however added: “I don’t think I’m part of the Big 4 because they’ve won too much in the history of tennis. They won too many Grand Slams.”
The result stopped Federer from winning in the city of Montreal for the first time and it is the first defeat he has suffered in a final this year (5-1 record). It is also his first loss against a Top 10 player since losing to Milos Raonic at Wimbledon last year (9-1).
Federer appeared to be hampered by a back issue and was not a fluid as he has been in recent times. He said he would still go to the next tournament which is in Cincinnati and assess the situation.
“If I’m ready to play in Cincy next week or not,” he said. “You know, 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.”
In Cincinnati there is a chance for Federer to regain the world no.1 ranking and while that would be tremendous, he needs to make sure he does not cause any further issues with the back with the US Open around the corner as he chases a third major for the year.
“Oh, it would be totally incredible,” Federer said. “From right now on till the US Open, I got to think what’s my best opportunity to feel well there. There’s going to be a ball change, as well, which creates a lot of different plays, if you like. I’ve never played in the new stadium as such because I missed last year’s edition. Yeah, like I said, 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. Winning my third of the year, my 20th Grand Slam, would be completely insane. I just hope I’m going to be 100% ready when the moment arises.”
The doubles title went to Pierre Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut, their ninth together, they defeated Rohan Bopanna and Ivan Dodig 64 36 10-6.