Despite 2017 being all about Roger Federer - he has won two majors with the U.S. Open still to come - the year will also be remembered for the emergence of Alexander Zverev and Canadian Denis Shapovalov.
"It's tough to come out and serve after a 12-minute rain delay".
Still only 20, Zverev produced a polished display in Montreal to triumph 6-3 6-4 - the young German's power and precision hugely impressive throughout. "Roger plays very fast and he didn't want to rally with me, so he went for his shots". It's secondary. Now I'm lucky because both are in sight. "It worked out well today".
Federer wouldn't speak of length of any specific injuries or issues.
"It's what I dreamed of all my life growing up, playing guys like Rafa (Nadal), Roger (Federer), Andy (Murray)", said Shapovalov.
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Federer has carefully planned his stops this season. I didn't play him often on clay.
The victory marks Wozniacki's first career win against a No.1 and gives the 27-year-old a 6-2 advantage in head-to-head matches with Pliskova.
Shapovalov was chosen to represent Canada in their World Group 1st round tie against Great Britain at Ottawa in February. He has also reached his sixth final this year.
Last week, Zverev had defeated South Africa's Kevin Anderson to clinch the Citi Open men's singles title. He had defeated Novak Djokovic in Rome. "I just told him that this is the beginning for him", Zverev said of his fellow #NextGenATP peer. "I started off pretty slow, just drained from (Thursday)".
Swinging with menacing intent on his second serve, Zverev often drilled his second delivery in excess of 115 miles per hour. He served out the set in the ninth game.
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The jolting pace of the German's heavy shots created timing issues for the second seed at the outset. Shapovalov fought off two break points to stay even at 1-1. At 20 years old, Zverev is quickly finding himself and rising rapidly up the rankings with these final appearances.
Shapovalov battled back after Nadal cruised through the first set, then erased a 3-0 deficit in the tiebreaker for the biggest victory of his career. Federer put away the #NextGenATP star in 53 minutes. Shapovalov has won seven of his last eight matches on hard court. It was the fourth time in five matches he lost the first set, but this time there was no coming back. Zverev banged a big second serve into the body to deny it.
An early break in the decider put him in control as a tired Ferrer began to tire.
The world No. 8 broke out an emphatic eraser bombing success aces then snapping an aggressive serve holding for 1-all.
Out-hit in longer baseline exchanges, Federer tried to shorten points.
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Ashley Young , Marcos Rojo and Luke Shaw , all have long term injuries, and are probably not available for selection . Meanwhile, Manchester United chief, Jose Mourinho , was in no doubt over what pleased him the most: "The win".
As a reward for his unlikely victory, the 2016 Wimbledon junior champion will next face 29-year-old Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in the quarter-finals. It's his 11 straight victory at a Masters Series event. It opened its center court in 1981 and has been a steady hardcourt home to this popular and important part of the ATP Tour season, in Mason, Ohio.
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