August 13, 2017 5:31 pm
Updated: August 13, 2017 5:39 pm

Zverev upsets Federer for Rogers Cup title


Alexander Zverev kept his winning streak alive with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Swiss ace Roger Federer in the Rogers Cup final on Sunday.

The 20-year-old Zverev, the winner last week in Washington, D.C., posted a 10th straight match victory and ended 36-year-old Federer’s winning streak at 16. The German also equalled Federer with a fifth tournament victory this year.

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He avenged a loss to Federer at Halle, Germany on June 25 and evened their career head-to-head record at two wins apiece.

Fourth-seeded Zverev won US$894,585 while second-seeded Federer got $438,635.

Zverev used some sharp ground strokes to keep Federer from taking control early and get the only service break he needed to win the first set.

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The lanky German escaped a break point at 1-0 in the second set with consecutive aces, then broke a mistake-prone Federer for a 4-3 lead and served out the match.

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Zverev, the youngest Rogers Cup finalist since Novak Djokovic in 2007, was coming off an emotional victory over Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov in the semifinals.

Federer missed a chance to tie Ivan Lendl for second place all-time with 94 career tournament wins. Jimmy Connors leads with 109.

In the doubles final, fifth-seeded Frenchmen Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut defeated seventh-seeded Rohan Bopanna of India and Ivan Dodig of Croatia 6-4, 3-6, 10-6.

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