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Rogers Cup | Alexander Zverev stuns Federer to bag title; Bopanna-Dodig miss out

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Rogers Cup | Alexander Zverev stuns Federer to bag title; Bopanna-Dodig miss out

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Germany's Alexander Zvererv defeated Roger Federer in the final of the Montreal Masters 1000, 6-3, 6-4 to bag his second Masters 1000 crown. Meanwhile, the duo of Rohan Bopanna and Ivan Dodig lost the final of the men's doubles category to Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert 4-6, 6-3, 6-10.

Twenty-year old Alexander Zverev stopped the dominant Roger Federer on his tracks, defeating the 19-time Grand Slam winner in straight sets of 6-3, 6-4 to bag his second Masters 1000 title. He secured his first title with his victorious campaign in Rome earlier this year, when he defeated Novak Djokovic. The young German was a force to be reckoned with in serves and fired in 20 winners that included six aces during the 68-minute contest.

Zverev saved all the three break points he faced while cashing on two out of the six of his own. He did not give Federer an inch to settle down in the match and claimed 75 percent of his service points and dominated the rallies. The win helped Zverev jump to the third rank in the Emirates ATP Race To London, providing a significant boost to his chances of qualifying for the Nitto ATP Finals.

The victory made him only the second active player after Jo-Wilfred Tsonga to win more than one Masters 1000 crown apart from the big four of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Andy Murray, and Novak Djokovic.

"Winning two Masters 1000 titles in the same year is something amazing," Zverev told ATP after his win. "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.

"But Cincinnati is a very tough draw. I don't know if I will be able to go far there because I am a little bit tired. But game-wise and confidence-wise, I'm super happy the way everything is standing."

In the men's doubles category, India's Rohan Bopanna and his Croatian partner Ivan Dodig went down fighting to the fifth seeds Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the final of the Coupe Rogers in Montreal, Canada on Sunday. 

The Indo-Croatian pair lost the first set as Dodig struggled to find his rhythm in the game. However, the seventh seeded pair clawed back in the game by scoring the second break point in the eighth game of the set after squandering the first in the seventh game. The second set win forced the match into a tiebreaker but with Dodig still finding it hard to come up with good returns, the French duo took a 4-1 lead before getting to 9-3. Although Bopanna and Dodig saved three match points they eventually bowed out when Dodig sent a forehand flying out of the court on Herbert's serve to lose 4-6, 6-3, 6-10.

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